Arínzano, Pago del Arínzano (Spain) “Hacienda di Arínzano” 2011

($19, Stoli Group USA): The Vinos de Pago category sits at the pinnacle of Spain’s official wine hierarchy.  A Pago is basically a single estate that has its on Denominacion Oregin.  Arínzano was northern Spain’s first estate to be awarded Vinos de Pago status.  Surprisingly, the Hacienda di Arínzano, with all its power and grace, isn’t even the estate’s top wine.  But it’s likely the estate’s top bargain.  A blend of Tempranillo (80%) with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comprising the remainder, it’s explosive, yet defined.  Though powerful, there’s restraint so it’s not over the top or in your face.  A seductive silky texture makes it easy to enjoy now.
93 Michael Apstein Jul 18, 2017