2018 Ribera del Duero Tinto (Arrocal, Bodegas)
Bodegas Arrocal, Tinto, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2018100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) DENSE BLACK PLUM & MULBERRY, FIRM & FRESH, LUSCIOUS OAK Emerging from a small village in the western part of Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Arrocal is a relative newcomer, not producing its first wine until 2001. The result of exclusively hand-harvesting, this deliciously concentrated red is thick with plummy black fruit, spice and and a generously toasted creaminess from 6 luxurious months in French and American oak barriques. Lush and full-bodied, redolent of sappy mulberry and rich dark chocolate, this intense and elegant wine remains bright and fresh with racy tannic energy and a solid frame. Serving Suggestion: Skirt steak rubbed w/ Spanish paprika, grilled peppers, onions, cilantro & deep fried smashed plantains.