93 Pts Wine Enthusiast
Wonderful on the bouquet, where earthy notes blend perfectly with alert, bright fruit aromas. This is a sizable, full-bodied wine with leather, lively fruit character and a dose of rich chocolate. It's in excellent shape and shows impressive balance and depth. Delicious to the core, with heft and noticeable oak that should lessen if given more time. Drink nowâ2019. 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Intense yet lithe, this racy red delivers blackberry, espresso, licorice, mineral and floral flavors over firm, fresh tannins. Solid, focused and lively, this soars through the finish. Drink now through 2014. 833 cases made." 92 Points - Wine Spectator
"Ismael Arroyo began the planting of vineyards in Sotillo de la Ribera when other people uprooted them, in those days the people got surprised and said that it was insane what they were doing. The winery owns 25 hectares of vineyards of their own; also we always buy grapes from the same grape growers from Sotillo de la Ribera, who with their good work care for their vineyards in order to pick up a grape of an exceptional quality."
"These vineyards which get to an average age of 50 years (some even up to 90), are planted only with the grape variety 'Tinta del pais' (Tempranillo). The vineyards are planted in well-aired and sunny slopes, in soils with a clay-limestone, sandstone and stony formation."
"The vines develop its growth in a natural way, respecting the environment, without drip irrigation or chemical fertilizers. The pruning is done by hand with scissors; the vines are bought up in the traditional system of pruning in glass, pruning severely the vines. This is the best system of pruning for the vine because this way it does not suffer and the plant tolerates a longer life. These privileged lands and a surprising nature in this area of Burgos offer us an unequalled grape quality." Winemaker
"Bodegas Ismael Arroyo S.L. is a family winery that is located in a town of Burgos called Sotillo de la Ribera, in the heart of the Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero. This winery was founded in the year 1979. When there was not yet a denomination of origin. Ismael struggled along with a small number of people in order to create this Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero, which was created in 1982. The tradition of winemaking has been passed down from generation to generation in the family of Ismael Arroyo for 400 years."
"In fact, the winery preserves a document proving how Elpidio Arroyo, father and paternal grandfather of the current generation, won a prize in 1948 in the "Greater competition of Red Wines and roses of the Ribera del Duero." A glass and 500 pesetas was the award obtained in the year 1951 (1st Award in the Wines County Contest) by Vidal Callejo, maternal grandfather of the current generation. Some other important documents preserved in the cave are a diploma by 1st class wine, granted in the year 1902 and drawn with fountain pen by the engraver Isidro Gil. There is also a document dated in 1787 of the tithe or taxes applied to the wine, which had to be paid to the village, to the church, to the council and to the parish. " -Winery