Arzuaga Gran Reserva 2014, Ribera Del Duero
A truly stunning wine
A stunning wine from Bodegas Arzuaga, the Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero is clean and bright, with a full body and velvety mouthfeel.
TASTING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR
Ranked in the top 1% of wines in the world, the Arzuaga Gran Reserva is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varietals from old Tinto Fino vineyards in the Arzuagas’ La Planta estate. Ruby red in color, it has a full body, with a fine and subtle complexity.
A wonderfully balanced wine, this Ribera del Duero is very aromatic, conveying notes of ripe fruit and a hint of spice. It’s exquisite on the palate, with flavors of ripe dark fruit, dried cranberries, oak, and prominent vanilla.
PREPARATION AND PAIRINGS
This is a very good Spanish wine, and it works brilliantly with red meat. Even better with foods with a bit of spice, you can have a glass of the Gran Reserva with charcuterie, and serve it with chorizo or chistorra. Pair it with roasts, like a roast shoulder of lamb, or a Porterhouse steak or a prime rib. You can even try it out with some American-style barbecued brisket. It’s a wine that shines brightly with hearty foods, and roast or grilled red meats are your best bets.
A DELICIOUS COEXISTENCE
Found in Valladolid, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin in Spain, Bodegas Arzuaga is owned by the Arzuaga Navarro family. It was Don Florentino Arzuaga, in the 1990s, that began this prodigious winery. A lifelong lover of wine, he purchased the La Planta estate, and planted the vines that would bear the fruit of the winery’s passion. The estate itself has the fortune to receive ample sunlight, and the right humidity for the perfect ripening of the fruit. The flora and fauna coexist peacefully in La Planta, and contributes greatly to passion and love the Arzuaga family put into their wines.
Store unopened red wines in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 16 to 18°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.