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As we’ve already told you on our blog, a short time ago, at Bodegas Arzuaga we got the great news that 10 of our wines had scored between 90 and 99 points in the latest edition of the Guía Peñín. In this post, we want to tell you about one of them a bit more in detail: our Laderas del Norte, which was awarded a score of 92 points by the tasting panel for this guide, the most prestigious in the wine industry in Spain.
The 2018 vintage of Laderas del Norte is the third we’ve put on the market. It’s a single vineyard wine made from Tempranillo grapes from the Valdesardón estate, very close to Bodegas Arzuaga, in the heart of Ribera del Duero. Laderas del Norte is a modern wine, which, as Ignacio Arzuaga notes, ‘represents the vanguard of wine in that it’s where the style is heading in future’. What is he referring to with this style? ‘We keep lowering the intensity a little in terms of wine structure; they’re lighter wines on the palate, not as heavy, with lots of fruit, mineral, where the terroir is coming more into the focus and the oak moves into the background,’ describes Bodegas Arzuaga’s managing director.
Moreover, when it comes to this wine and its terroir, it’s worth highlighting the possibilities it’s going to bring in the future. This is confirmed by Javier Bañales, Arzuaga’s sales manager and brand ambassador, who recalls his conversation with Carlos González, the director of Guía Peñín: ‘I always said it was one of the vineyards where I saw the most potential for doing very unique things at the winery; it told us here is where you can work real wonders with the wine,’ he explains.
Ignacio Arzuaga, on the other hand, also points out the importance of this wine’s gastronomic profile, indicating that ‘it’s a new, interesting project, from a small collection that’s very restaurant-focused’. As he points out, at restaurants nowadays, we regularly find ‘fusions of Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, French cuisine… It’s very difficult to pair the wines and when we do, we look for that point of smooth, pleasant, nice tannin so that it goes well with that wide range of cuisines’.
Now, it’s just up to you to try Laderas del Norte and tell us what you think. We look forward to reading your comments on social media!