Wine Arabarte, "Zhivago" Red, Rioja DOCa, 2014
Reviews of purchase Arabarte, "Zhivago" Red, Rioja DOCa, 2014
Wine of a rich purple color.
The taste of the wine is smooth, fresh, balanced, with fruity shades and a long aftertaste.
The strong fruity aroma of wine is woven from shades of licorice, banana, blueberries and raspberries.
Wine is recommended to combine with hard cheeses and red meat dishes.
The red dry wine "Zhivago" is made from the grapes of Tempranillo, grown in Rioja. The peculiarity of this wine is 50-year-old vineyards, on which this variety was grown - they are not irrigated. The soil of the vineyards consists of clay and limestone. Fermentation, which is preceded by maceration in a carbon dioxide environment, occurs in steel tankers at a strictly controlled temperature. Alcoholic fermentation lasts approximately 11-15 days, during which the wort is regularly mixed, so that the sludge containing the mash is contacted with the liquid part of the total volume. Such a technique allows future wine to acquire character and depth. Until the time of bottling, wine is stored in tankers, where natural stabilization and clarification takes place.
The Arabarte winery received the official status of the company on April 15, 1997. However, the history of its creation dates back to the time when the ancestors of the founders, five families from the Rioja Alavesa, the Basque country, owning the best vineyards of the region, decided to stop selling grapevines to outside wineries and start producing their own wine. For aging wine they used a small cellar in Samaniego, a small town that is located several kilometers from today's Arabarte location. Wine obtained in Samaniego, for many years, supplied many important wine companies of Rioja, until the winemakers finally decided to independently spill and market their product under the brand name "Arabarte". The brand name is derived from the words "Araba" (province "Alava" in Basque) and "Arte" ("art" in Spanish), which together gives "The Art of Alava Wine".
Initially, the company produced only young wines (vino de año), very popular in this part of the Rioja, but the winery's affairs went so well that the owners decided to expand the line. So in the company's portfolio there were wines of the category Crianza, Reserva, Grande Reserva and Signature. At the disposal of the winery is more than 80 hectares of vineyards, concentrated in Rioja Alavesa. This number includes both the company's own plots, and the vineyards of the shareholders, and the vineyards leased. Today, Arabarth is widely represented not only in the local market, but also in stores of almost all continents.