2009 Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro Gran Arzuaga

Year: 2009
Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"(75% tinto fino, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% albillo; aged for 22 months in new French oak): Inky ruby. Explosive aromas of dark berry preserves, cola, mocha and incense, along with a smoky nuance and a sexy floral note. Sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and show impressive vivacity for a hot-vintage wine. Supple and broad on the clinging finish, which features brighter red fruit and floral pastille qualities and an echo of vanilla." (VM)

Winery Notes:
This wine comes from an unprecedented assembly, a blend of Tempranillo and Albillo (from centuries-old vines grown in red clay soil and fine sands with small stones on the surface) and Cabernet Sauvignon (from our La Planta estate, with limy soils that barely afford the growing of grape vines). The two plots share a high altitude, around 900 metres. Minimum yields, almost meagre, and a very long growing cycle produce fully ripe fruit with a legendary balance.

After a great deal of work in the vineyard, extraordinary analytical parameters and an enviable health status, the only thing left was for nature to express itself in the cellar. The harvest arrives to the cellar in 14 kg crates; a last touch was made on the sorting table by the tank and then placed in casks. The Tinto Fino and Albillo were not de-stemmed and placed in an oak cask with a capacity of 5,743 litres. It was macerated for a few days at 16°C. This allowed a very regular alcoholic fermentation of up to 28°C. After being filled into casks and treaded on for a total of 17 days, it was stored in new fine-grained casks of French origin from the prestigious Châtillonais and Bertranges forests. Following malolactic fermentation, it was carefully aged on its fine lees for greater unctuosity and depth. Aging for 20 months produced a natural decantation that allowed non-stabilization without physical or chemical processes. Like the whole production process, the bottling was performed by gravity without clarifying or filtering, which maintained its structure and splendour as well as the finesse for which Bodegas ARZUAGA is highly reputed.