2009 Bodegas Arrocal Arrocal

Year: 2009
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
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"This bold red delivers blackberry, kirsch, tar and espresso flavors, with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Licorice and vanilla notes emerge on the finish. A bit candied, but lively. Drink now through 2015. 7,200 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Arrocal was produced from estate-grown fruit and aged for 8 months in French and American oak. A glass-coating purple/black color, typical of the 2009 vintage, is accompanied by an inviting nose of cedar, cinnamon, espresso, licorice, and blackberry. Ripe, forward, and round on the palate, it conceals enough fine-grained tannin to evolve for 1-2 years but this outstanding value can be approached now.

Bodegas Arrocal’s three offerings are made from 100% Tinto Fino, the local clone of Tempranillo, and were bottled without filtration." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe dark berries, dark plum, roasted coffee and mocha are accented by a touch of mint. Supple and velvety in texture, with juicy dark berry flavors laced with licorice, espresso and sweet oak. Not the last word in complexity, but undeniably suave, ripe and tasty right now. " (IWC)