Arrocal Seleccion 2004
With its minimalist design, the Arrocal is another excellent value red from Spain’s Ribera del Duero. If you like big robust reds at affordable prices look no further. It strikes me that Spanish wine tends to fly a little under the radar here in BC, and perhaps in North America generally. I’m not quite sure why as most of Spain is offering not only better value than France and California but also many extremely ‘terroir’ driven wines.
This particular Tempranillo had a nose of baked raspberry, strawberry pie, graphite and dust. The palate was big on baked fruit, but had wonderful undertones of herbs and dried out underbrush. This is a large red with edge and fruit without sweetness that will kill most BBQ’s and braised meats.
Very Good+ and Highly Recommended
$24 at BCLDB
NB: I’ve started a new ‘category’ for this blog for ‘Highly Recommended Values’, which are all wines that both far exceed their price point and offer something particularly unique to the drinker.