Arrocal’s first vintage was 2002. Isaac Fernandez has been the consulting wine maker for the winery from the beginning of production. This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Morenillos, 20 years old on sand, clay and stones, and the Barrancones, 22 year old vines on sand and clay, vineyards.
Grapes were harvested by hand during the first week of October with excellent maturity. Once grapes arrived at the winery all movements of must/wine were by gravity. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed prior to fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The skins were macerated for 20 days prior to pressing. The wine was racked to 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for 6 months aging. Bottled without filtration after a gentle egg-white fining.
View from the Cellar
The 2014 Bodegas Arrocal Tinto is comprised entirely of tempranillo, produced from a pair of twenty-five year-old vineyards owned by the estate. The wine is raised in a blend of eighty percent French and twenty percent American oak, with twenty percent of the casks new each year (presumably the French barrels). The 2014 was bottled unfiltered and tips the scales at fourteen percent, offering up a youthful bouquet of red plums, black cherries, chocolate, a nice touch of soil and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and nicely light on its feet for its octane, with a good core, sound balance and good length and grip on the moderately tannic and still quite primary finish. This is still a young wine and will improve with bottle age, as today, it is not overly complex, but has a good foundation and could blossom nicely with a bit of time in the cellar. At under twenty dollars a bottle here in the states, it is a good value from the region. 2018-2030+. Issue Sixty-One January-February 2016
(aged for six months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 20% of them new):
Opaque purple. Fragrant scents of candied dark berries, lavender and incense, with a hint of oak spice in the background. Juicy and sweet on the palate, offering pliant, spice-tinged dark berry and vanilla flavors that expand with air. Closes sweet and long, with supple tannins adding focus and gentle grip.
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