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VIDEO 101. BODEGAS ARRAYAN

February 03. 2015

The story of Bodegas Arrayán from the Spanish wine region D.O.Mentrida is quite amazing. José María Entrecanales was president of Acciona. One of the most important Spanish corporations with a focus on civil engineering. When José María Entrecanales retired, he fulfilled himself two dreams. First he bought a sailboat that he called Arrayán (english myrtle). What brought him to this unusual name remained his secret. The second dream was wine.

In the small town of Santa Cruz del Retamar near Toledo, he brought in 1998 a dilapidated land called La Verdosa. He restored the stale plant in an exemplary manner. A new building would not have cost so much. The soils where somehow similar to them of Bordeaux. Experts recommended to plant French varieties. The first vintage was 2003. The wine was called Arrayán. Unfortunately Entrecales died only five years later. His wife, María Marsans, took over the management of the finca. There was no time for grief. The tall woman burst into the work and swam free.

Watch this review video for their red wines, Selección and Syrah.

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BODEGAS ARRAYÁN|SELECCIÓN

Country: Spain
Wine region: Méntrida
Vintage: 2010
Classification: D.O. Méntrida
Variety: Syrah, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Petit verdot

BODEGAS ARRAYÁN
SELECCIÓN

Blend made of 30% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Very accessible, cool, delicate and bordeaux-like. Exhibits discreet aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, cassis and eucalyptus. Focused. Juicy and medium-bodied with an excellent backbone. Very fine tannins with a harmonious acidity. The finish offers a great bunch of spices. Superb. Drink now or through 2018.
February 2015

91 PS

Country: Spain
Wine region: Méntrida
Vintage: 2009
Classification: D.O. Méntrida
Variety: Syrah

BODEGAS ARRAYÁN
SYRAH

The Syrah 2009 is dark garnetred-colored and transparent. Seductive and accessible aromas of perfectly ripen figs, blackberries, plums and sanguine. Interwoven with delicious shades of Arabian coffee and dark passion fruit chocolate. Juicy and silky on the palate with a tight structure and remarkable tannins and a very good balanced acidity. Exhibits a marvellous Finish. Best now or through 2023+.
February 2015

93 PS
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