2009 Arzuaga "La Planta" Ribera del Duero

SKU #1086237 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Arzuaga's 2009 La Planta is the best vintage I have tasted of this cuvee. It is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 20-year-old vines aged for 6 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple in color with an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, incense, a hint of balsamic, and black cherry, this is a firm, well-balanced, savory wine that belies its modest price. Complex, mouth-filling, and well-proportioned, it over-delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 6 years.  (6/2011)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/6/2012 | Send Email
What an interesting wine for only $13 with lots of layers and aromas other than ripe fruit. On the nose smoke and spice brought to mind a hooka shop. Roasted savory herbs, black fruit, umami with a very long finish of sweet spice and more savory notes. Lovely and very balanced.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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