Crianza, Arzuaga, Ribera del Duero, 2016
Case: 6 x Bottles 750ml
Plenty of fleshy body, concentrated dark fruits, robust structure and expressive vanilla for lovers of a classic Spanish red. Perfect fireside wine.
Arzuaga Crianza is the flagship of the winery. It is made from Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, from the oldest part of the farm La Planta; the vines are cultivated at 911 meters of altitude on clay-calcareous soils, with limestone parent rock one metre from the surface. It performs the alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel deposits. Then, it is aged for 16 months in barrels, 50% French oak and 50% American oak, making it a fine and subtle wine.
About The Producer
As in all European countries, many Spanish wines owe their reputation to the efforts of some traditional families and some large companies that have kept two basic requirements: quality and personality. These family companies have managed to gather their own heritage that allows them to produce wines "at home", with all the control guarantees. This is the case of this laudable winery, Arzuaga Navarro. Since its early days, at the beginning of the 90s, harvest after harvest they have produced wines with the seal of the house, and with the unequalled style of Ribera del Duero
Arzuaga Navarro pay close attention from the very beginning, in the vineyard, because their premise is that it is impossible to make a good wine without healthy and quality grapes. They make sure they achieve low yields, in tune with low fertility soils and the harsh Castilian climate, searching for a lower production, since larger amounts would diminish the concentration and quality of the wine.
The vineyards of Arzuaga Navarro enjoy a unique climate, with crisp sun during the day, and cool and humid nights. This climatic combination causes the grapes to ripen slowly and perfectly, resulting in a healthy, tinted and sugary fruit, with an aromatic acidity.
The estate is located at 900 metres above sea level. Poor soil and harsh Spanish weather conditions at this altitude result in scarce yields but also in highly concentrated grapes.
The harvest is carried out manually at the grape's optimal stage of ripeness.