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Valsotillo Finca Buenavista Ribera del Duero

by Bodegas Ismael Arroyo 2018


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Producer : Bodegas Ismael Arroyo

Region : Ribera del Duero (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Salted or Marinated Mushrooms

Tasting Notes

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 


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 93
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor D - Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodegas Ismael Arroyo
Region Ribera del Duero (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2018
Farming Method Sustainable, Traditional
Grapes 100% Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Ham, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables, Salted or Marinated Mushrooms
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.88

The Producer

Bodegas Ismael Arroyo

The Bodegas Ismael Arroyo is one of the most traditional and historical cellars from Ribera del Duero. This familiar cellar is located in the province of Burgos, and more specifically in the town called Sotillo de la Ribera.

The cellar was founded in 1979 by Ismael Arroyo when the Designation of Origin (D.O.) didn’t exist yet. In 1982 he, along with others winegrowers and wine-makers, founded the Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero, which years later became one of the most star-studden wine trails in Spain and all over the world.

Its traditional production method has passed from generation to generation and it is the element that makes the difference in this wines. Its ancient underground cellars, which have natural conditions, and the particular harvest made by hand and with grapes from the proximity have granted a premium quality and a wide recognition.

The cellar is an underground built in the 16th century boasting an approximate 13,000 square feet and it is made of underground galleries excavated out of rock.


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