Arínzano, Pago del Arínzano (Northeastern Spain) “La Casona” 2008

($30): In the hierarchy of the Spanish classification of wine growing areas, a Pago is at the top.  Pago is a single estate that produces exceptional wines according to the Spanish authorities.  La Casona is their mid-level wine, which seriously over delivers for the price.  A marvelous well-balanced blend of Tempranillo (75%) and Merlot, it is rich without being heavy.  The Merlot adds an attractive earthy funkiness without dominating the wine.  Suave and succulent, it would be a good choice with hefty beef this winter.
92 Michael Apstein Feb 28, 2017