The Arroyo family has been growing grapes in Ribera del Duero for over 400 years and was one of the five founding members of the DO in 1982. Their 25ha vineyard is planted only with 60-90-year-old Tempranillo bush vines on slopes up to 850m. Grape are hand-harvested and fermented naturally in stainless steel, then aged for six months in French and American oak. The resulting wine offers plenty of bang for your buck, kicking off with black fruit aromatics edged with savoury bacon and green pepper, plus a touch of florality. The palate is big and rich but restrained, with nice balancing freshness and a touch of creaminess from well-judged oak.
"Rich, warm nose. Christmas spices, cooked plums, sloe berries, burnt strawberry jam, menthol. Deep, long woodsy tannins. Beef roast and mushrooms in bacon fat. Tapenade bitterness. Emphatically savoury but not without fruit and in fact the sweetness builds as the wine sits in the glass. Worth decanting this. Traditional, classic, classy, complex. Benchmark Ribera del Duero."
17 points - Jancis Robinson, Nov 2021
92 points / Best Buy - Peñín Guide 2022
93 points - James Suckling, May 2022
Top 100 Ribera del Duero 2022 - Tim Atkin MW