A high-end wine, Arzuaga Reserva is produced from grapevines coming from a single estate, Finca La Planta, at an altitude of 900 metres above sea level. Soils are composed of clay and limestone.
Harvested by hand and carefully selected on site and in the cellar, the grapes were partially destemmed, cold-macerated and slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Then this Reserve red wine was transferred into new French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 26 months.
Drink Arzuaga Reserva 2012 over the next 10 years.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
38,000 bottles produced.
The red wine Arzuaga Reserva has an intense, clean, bright cherry colour with a crimson rim.
Intense, deep and complex, though a bit shy at the beginning. This Reserva from Ribera del Duero needs some time to open up, after which it conveys a deep sense of terroir, nicely balanced by the ageing notes. The aromas of spices, flowers, toast and Havanna parade in an understated manner, underlying a solid core of black fruit and earth, which points to a first-rate terroir.
Elegant and fresh, this wine by Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro is serious and dignified, with a smooth body and a crisp, stimulating acidity. Characterstic and very well-defined, with a character much of its own. Long finish with some spicy and balsamic remembrances over a deeply mineral background.
|Our personal opinion||
One of Ribera del Duero's modern classics, Arzuaga Reserva 2012 is a wine born to match with substantial meat dishes, particularly game.
Arzuaga Reserva 2010:
Enterwine 92. Peñín 92. Guía Gourmets 95. Silver Medal - Tempranillos al Mundo.
|D.O.||Ribera del Duero|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||40-60 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||26|
|Other guides||The Wine Advocate 90. Guía de los vinos Gourmets 96. Andreas Larsson 90.|
|Name of Award||Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2018: Medalla de Plata.|
|Percentage of variety||Tinto Fino 95%, Merlot 3%, Albillo 2%.|
|Pairings||Blue cheeses, bluefish, Bull meat, Chocolate, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty plates, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues, Romantic Dinner|
Absolutely wonderful with game dishes. The palate is earthy and grainy, with a note of chocolate and herbs. Solid wine.
The old Ribera del Duero. Very deep, with great precision, always that melancholic Ribera note, plus a dense earthy layer and a tip of spices and dark fruit.