Arrocal Seleccion

"quite showy and attractive...tannins are polished and plump...Well done!" —
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ribera del Duero D.O.
100% Tinto Fino, from the single, 40-year-old Astrales vineyard
825 meters / alluvial sand, clay and pebbles
Farming Methods
Practicing Organic
Hand harvested fruit, hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
Fermented with native microbes for 20 days in small stainless tanks
Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels; 50% new
Wine Name
Arrocal Seleccion 2011
92 (VM) 91 (WE) 90 (RP)
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92 Vinous Media Inky ruby. Ripe cherry, black raspberry and floral pastille scents are complemented by hints of allspice and vanilla. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant dark berry flavors that flesh out and become spicier out with aeration. Closes sappy and very long, with sneaky tannins harmonizing with the wine's juicy fruit. This wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barriques, half of them new. 2019 – 2025
91 The Wine Enthusiast Dark, meaty aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, herbs and spice pave the way for a jammy, tannic palate that’s jumbled in feel. Blueberry, mint, herb and briny flavors finish blocky, with herbal notes and heat. Drink this big-bodied offering through 2023.
90 The Wine Advocate The 2011 Arrocal Seleccion is pure Tempranillo with ripe, minty aromas. It is quite showy and attractive with balsamic notes of cola nut, quite marked by the oak. But it has enough intensity of fruit to keep the oak in the background, both in nose and palate. The tannins are polished and plump, and there seems to be enough acidity. It feels remarkably fresh for a warm vintage like 2011. Well done! Drink now-2018.
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Arrocal Seleccion 2012
91 (VM) 89 (WS)
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91 Vinous Media (aged for 16 months in French oak barriques, 50%): Vivid ruby-red. Fresh, spicy nose displays energetic red and dark berry aromas with subtle floral and anise accents. Sweet and focused in the mouth, offering juicy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a jolt of white pepper. Finishes silky, gently sweet and quite long, with repeating spiciness and a touch of bitter chocolate. 2019 – 2024
89 Wine Spectator Herbal, leafy and light earthy notes frame bright cherry and berry flavors in this lively red. Features light, firm tannins and fresh acidity. Straightforward, balanced and energetic.”
September 30, 2016
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Arrocal Seleccion 2014
88-90+ (VfC)
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88-90+ View from the Cellar Bodegas Arrocal is located in the village of Gumiel del Mercado in the eastern end of the plateau of Castilla y León, which is decidedly cooler than the western end of Ribera del Duero. Their most famous neighbor is of course Goyo García. The fruit for their Arrocal Selección bottling comes from a fine old vineyard. and, as I reported last year is raised in a fifty-fifty blend of new and one wine French oak casks. The 2014 is an even fourteen percent alcohol and offers up a youthfully complex bouquet of black cherries, cassis, cigar smoke, a fine base of soil tones, graphite and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and well-stocked at the core, with fine soil signature, impressive focus and blossoming complexity and very good length and grip on the inherently elegant, moderately chewy finish. As I mentioned in my note on the 2011 Arrocal Selección last year, the new oak impression here is a bit strident in the young wine and detracts a bit from what is really a stunning wine underneath the wood treatment. There is a lot of oak spice on the nose and a bit of presently uncovered wood tannins on the finish. I would bet there is enough depth of fruit to eventually carry the oak tannins more seamlessly, but utterly brilliant raw materials are being hampered by the new wood here. Raise this wine in one and two wine casks and it would be one of the best wines in Spain, but the good 2014 is not quite there. I know that new oak is an important selling point in the Spanish domestic market, but just lie to your local clients and use older casks and no one is going to complain, as the wine is going to be dramatically better. There is such indisputable greatness lying under the wood veneer here that it would be worth a bit of prevarication, and one can always go to confession more often! 2022-2050+. 88-90+ (depending on how well the wine eventually absorbs the oak here).
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