Bodegas Arrocal Tempranillo 2018

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View from the Cellar 90 Points- The 2018 Arrocal Tinto from Bodegas Arrocal is composed entirely of tempranillo and only spends eight months in cask prior to racking and bottling. The 2018 is fourteen percent octane and delivers a fine nose of black cherries, cigar smoke, gentle spice tones, a nice touch of soil, a discreet framing of oak and a bit of lavender in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and very nicely balanced, with a good core of fruit, lovely grip and a long, classy and moderately tannic finish. This is a young wine and not overly complex today, but it is quite drinkable already and more complexity is certain to come with some bottle age. In a region with generally pretty over-heated prices, this is a fine value.

APPELLATION- Ribera del Duero D.O.

GRAPE(S)-100% Tinto Fino, from vines between 10-30 years old, including the single Morenillos and Barrancones vineyards

ALTITUDE/SOIL-850 meters / alluvial sand, clay and pebbles

FARMING METHODS- Practicing Organic

HARVEST- Hand harvested fruit

PRODUCTION- Destemmed grapes were fermented with native microbes in stainless steel tanks for 10 days with skins

AGING- Aged for 8 months in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels, all used