This wine comes from Ribera del Duero D.O. in north central Spain. An enjoyable wine from Spain with a deep red color. The wine consists of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo 95 percent), Merlot (3 percent) and Albillo (2 percent), made from the old vines of the winery’s own “La Planta” estate. Due to the harsh growing conditions (geography, weather & altitude) the yields are scarce and very concentrated. This wine has “hearty tannins” that fill the mouth but still fruit persists. On the nose and palate, vanilla & floral notes rise up to greet you. On the palate, a soft sweetness of smoke and earth are present. Spice, oak and tannins are ever present on the finish. Arzuaga Reserva is aged for 26 months in French and American oak barrels. This was paired with a marinated ribeye steak in a peppercorn and bourbon sauce and then Bbq’ed. The wine was decanted almost 2 hours before serving.