The Hedonistic Taster | № 14 | Arínzano
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.
The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer. Santé!
Don’t let the fact that Stoli Group owns this bespoke winery fool you. Arínzano boasts both a prestigious pedigree and a bit of renown as northwestern Spain’s first Vino de Pago certified winery. These artfully crafted, limited production wines range in style and price from Grand Cru-quality full-bodied affairs to easy, breezy everyday pours. Below, please find notes from my recent tasting, as well as links to my exclusive interview with Arínzano wine maker and CEO Manuel Louzada. Enjoy!
Wine: Arínzano Gran Vino Blanco
Suggested Retail: $79.00
Robe: Transparent straw robe.
Nose: Lemon, delicate white flowers, sweet oak notes on the nose.
Palate: Light/medium body, bright acids, mineral core. Energetic approach, unflagging, refined finish.
Suggested Pairing(s): No surprise this wine won the Grand Champion Best of Show at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. A suitable wine to spur discussion at any family or business meal, especially with freshly prepared seafood or deftly sauced poultry.
Wine: Arínzano Gran Vino Tinto
Suggested Retail: $99.00
Robe: Opaque garnet robe.
Nose: Potpourri, dark fruit, herbaceous notes.
Palate: Medium body, well-timbered tannins, even-keeled acids; dried tea and rosemary on the bouche. Impeccably mannered approach, sustained mid-palate, polite, persistent finish.
Suggested Pairing(s): A serious yet adaptable wine suitable for a wide range of guest affinities, including paleo-loving pork roast or lamb shank, pescatarian-preferred salmon or ahi, and even vegan-friendly stuffed portobello mushrooms.
Wine: Hacienda de Arínzano
Suggested Retail: $19.99
Robe: Dusty, translucent rose robe.
Nose: Pampas grass, saline, rosemary, quince notes.
Palate: Pink grapefruit, mimosa, rose petal, white pepper bouche. Light body, vivid acids, attentive finish.
Suggested Pairing(s): For those seeking immediate gratification, serve ice-cold on a hot day deck, dock, patio or poolside, along with a fruit plate or tapas. For more patient quaffers, this wine opens to full-throated fragrance as it warms.
Wine: Hacienda de Arínzano Blanco
Suggested Retail: $19.99
Robe: Pale golden robe.
Nose: Acacia, hazelnut, almond notes.
Palate: Yellow grapefruit, discrete grass, toasty oak on the bouche; light body, acid plus, slight mineral finish.
Suggested Pairing(s): High quality quaff for the price, perfect for a picnic in the countryside after a long bike ride.
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