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Characteristics of Arzuaga Crianza
Arzuaga Crianza is a red wine from Ribera del Duero by Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro, a winery founded in the 90s thanks to the Arzuaga Navarro family, namely, Florentino Arzuaga, after buying La Planta, located in Quintanilla de onésimo.
The climate in the Ribera del Duero is continental but with an Atlantic character. It is characterized by dry summers, long and harsh winters and a pronounced seasonal temperature fluctuation with moderate-low rainfall, about 350-500 mm per year.
Arzuaga Crianza is 100% Tinto Fino from La Maquinilla, the winery's oldest vineyard in La Plana, from vines over 20 years old planted on land about 911 metres above the sea. The vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soils. The harvest is done manually and grapes undergo table selection in the cellar. Regarding the development, after stripping, the juice goes to stainless steel tanks to be macerated. Subsequently, an alcoholic fermentation takes place very slowly at a controlled temperature of 27 °C.
Finally, Arzuaga Crianza is aged for 16 months in French ad American oak barrels.
Serve at 16ºC
We recommend decanting before consumption
Beef, Grilled red meats, Lamb stew, Cold meat, Game animals
The 2015 vintage started with a winter that had good groundwater reserves. The spring was warm and dry until well into the month of June, when there were intense rainfall at the beginning of the blooming. A summer with some well spread out storms gave way to a very dry autumn.
The harvest was slightly ahead of the usual dates, but the analytical and organoleptic features, and the balance of the berries, were ideal. Thus enabled the harvest to take place at the optimal ripening time.
The wines from this vintage, which was classified as excellent, have a good colour intensity, significant fruity notes on the nose and a high tannic potential in the mouth, with sweet tannins that indicate the good phenolic ripening of the berries. A vintage reminiscent of the exceptional 2005 vintage.
After the withering in a mild winter, the warm start of spring brought sprouting forward by almost 10 days. The summer, which was quite cool and dry, enabled the good evolution of the growth cycle and a balanced ripening. This was a vintage without setbacks. Worth mentioning is the high production of this vintage due to good climatic behaviour during the harvest.
The wines from this vintage have great colour intensity, and a high fruity expression on the nose and in the mouth. Their balance and tannic potential stand out; these features show us the great potential to produce great wines for ageing, and for lighter and fruitier productions.
This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July.
The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time.
The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness.
Dark cherry colour with purple reflections. Clean and bright.
The nose presents fruits, woods, florals and balsamic. Touches of wood due aging and a caramelised background.
The palate is concentrated, velvety, round and tasty. Notes of black fruit and fine wood tannins appear. Long, elegant finish.
SightIntense cherry colour.NoseRipe dark fruit aromas and touches of wood (due to its maceration) are present.TasteConcentrated and flavourful on the palate. Dark fruit and fine woods tannins are present.
2010 started with heavy frosts in winter and spring, causing a delay in the commencement of the growth cycle. Above all, this situation marked the vintage with a low yield harvest. This delay of the growth cycle was offset by a slightly mild but good ripening. This fact resulted in wines with greater structure, floral wines with very ripe fruit in compote, a little less acid than the 2009 vintage, but with an excellent quality and with a long life ahead. The low production and the excellent ripening helped classify this vintage as excellent.
SightIntense red cherry colour, with dark red edges and some subtle purple reflections. Clean and bright wine with good dense tears.NoseVery intense aromas with powerful, expressive and fleshy notes of ripe black fruit wrapped in intense spices such as vanilla and cinnamon, and exotic spices such as cloves and pepper,... Its good toasted hints and the aromas of chocolate and liquorice complete an intense and elegant aromatic set.TasteA powerful and well-bodied, very tasty and meaty wine. It has an intense and broad attack and a silky, sweet, fresh, very balanced mid palate. Its notes of fruit are still important but the toasted hints provided by the wood become more expressive than in the nose. Very well structured wine with an excellent acidity. Mellow tannins. Very good finish with a very nice persistence.
An easy-drinking and very friendly inviting Crianza wine.
SightIntense cherry red colour with maroon edges. Clean and bright wine with good tears.NoseElegant, intense and complex aromas. The ripe red fruit is tinged with elegant toasty aromas of pastries and sweet spices.TasteIntense, wide and bulky wine with a silky, meaty and very tasty mid palate. Very balanced wine with a slightly strong but pleasant acidity. Polished and well integrated tannins and a long and persistent finish.
SightRibera del Duero wine with cherry colour and ruby red trims. Beautiful shine. Dense tear.NoseCrianza wine with complex aromas. Good presence of black fruit on a background of spiced, roasted and smoked notes provided by the oak, which gain in power with airing.TasteWide and dense attack that fills the mouth. Intense mid palate, full of fruit and creamy notes. Ripe tannins. Balanced and powerful in the mouth. A refined and elegant wine.
SightRed wine from Ribera de Duero with a cherry colour and violet trims. Beautiful shine and dense tears.NoseCrianza wine in which the complex aromas nuanced by black fruit stand out until the notes of wood and the aromas that wood provides such as spices, roasted, smoked, snuff,... take center stage. Live and fresh aromas.TasteBroad and dense attack. Balanced wine with an intense mid palate, with many creamy and fruity sensations. A wine that fills the mouth with his power and flavours. Good presence of sweet tannins. Lingering finish. An elegant and tasty wine.
Ribera del Duero is a Denomination of Origin located on the northern plateau, bathed by the waters of the River Duero, where they produce delicious and recognised red wines with great complexity made from the Trinto Fino grape variety.
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.