Arzuaga Reserva 2006
26 months American and French Oak Barrels
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 91+ points.
Fine Wine Imports
The Old School provides further instruction: long barrel time can turn fresh fruits into dried fruits. But it can bring out the herbal side of Tempranillo as well; raisins, figs, and black cherry compote join up with mint and tarragon to create an earthier, darker brew. The wine finishes firm and tannic, showing that further evolution is yet to come. Drink soon or in the next five to ten years.
The wine's complex nose is full of floral nuances with characteristic aromas of wines from the Ribera del Duero region. On the palate, it is fresh, creamy, and elegant with an impressive depth and hints of dark fruit, toast, and rose petals. The wine pairs well with stronger meats such as stews and game.
About the Winery
Since its founding in 1993, Bodegas Arzuago Navarro has been known for its high-quality Ribera del Duero wines (Crianzas, Reservas, and Grand Reservas). The 3,458-acre estate called La Planta is situated in Quintanilla de Onésimo. Inside this large, natural area is a 370-acre vineyard, planted mostly with Tinto Fino (Tempranillo), but complemented by a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The winery is equipped with the most modern technology, and its stainless steel tanks can hold up to one million litres of wine. Aging in American and French oak barrels, our wines acquire all of their exquisite flavors and aromas. Combining tradition and technology, the Arzuaga Navarro family has been able to develop exceptionally tasty wines.