2009 Arzuaga "La Planta" Ribera del Duero
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.