Arinzano have the honour of being the first Pago in northern Spain. This is a Spain’s most prestigious wine classification.
Arínzano Gran Vino Blanco Chardonnay, 2010 vintage
Winemaker: Manuel Louzada
Appellation: Rioja, Navarra, Spain, D.O. Pago De Arínzano
Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Barrels: 11 months in French oak. 50% new barrels, 50% second year barrels.
Clarity/brightness: Clear/bright, with no detectable flaws, and no evidence of gas or sediment
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
Wine Spectator: 92/100
Guia Penin (Spanish Wine Guide): 93/100
Texas Wine Lover-My thoughts on this wine are very positive. The aromas and mouthfeel are extremely balanced, and you can taste the love that went into crafting this beautifully grown wine. It is quite refreshing to find an oaked Chardonnay that is not an absolute beast, or butter bomb on the palate. I find this Chardonnay to be pretty, but not at all wimpy. With the acidity as high as it is, there is no reason this bottle should not age for many years to come. It is only going to get better with age, my friends! Serve cool (not cold) with tapas, and great friends.