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As some of you will already know, at Arzuaga we want you to get to know our wines better – everything that’s hiding when you open a bottle and pour yourself a glass. And who better to explain it to you than the people responsible for making it? That’s why, for some weeks now, we’ve been sharing a series of video tastings on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), our blog and the Grupo Arzuaga YouTube channel, where you’ve been able to learn more about our wines. In this sense, today we’d like to tell you about the video tasting of our red wine Laderas del Norte, led by Ignacio Arzuaga.
Laderas del Norte is an organic-certified red wine that we make with only Tempranillo grapes. The bunches come exclusively from the Valdesardón estate, the most westerly vineyard in all of Ribera del Duero. It’s a vineyard we planted in the year 2000, in chalky soil that even contains some gypsum crystals.
Ignacio Arzuaga notes that this is ‘a wine with the modern concept as we understand it at Bodegas Arzuaga’. Laderas del Norte is also a wine with a strong gastronomic component, designed especially for pairing with contemporary fusion cuisine. As Arzuaga explains, ‘in a restaurant you might find Italian, French, Spanish, Peruvian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican food… and in the search for the simplest pairing we’ve made this wine with smooth, silky tannins, thinking about the broad spectrum of pairings that wines offer today’.
And why is it called Laderas del Norte (‘northern slopes’)? The vineyards that are the home of the Tempranillo grapes we use to make these wines are found on the slopes that can be seen when you leave the winery and look to the north. ‘Slopes that get the sun and freshness all day long, the northern slope is always cooler than the southern one and that’s something we’ll notice in the wine, that freshness, that very nice point of acidity,’ explains Arzuaga. This is also a wine that invites you to take another sip, where you’ll find red fruits and mineral notes and, to a lesser extent, a hint of sweetness.
So, we’re talking about a very smooth wine, ‘but that’s still a Ribera del Duero and has strength,’ affirms Bodegas Arzuaga’s managing director, who also notes that ‘we’ve tried to get the wine to have a lower alcohol content, looking for that freshness and for it to be easy to drink, to understand and to pair’.
Ultimately, he says, ‘Laderas del Norte is a bit like the launch pad for the vanguard of Bodegas Arzuaga, a way for us to explore the style that’s coming’.