May 14, 2014
“The value of a great wine is intimately linked to the land, its environment and its people.”
– Juan Carlos López de Lacalle
In the Navarra, the Artazu winery focuses on the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. The vineyards are over 100 years old and the estate has been making wines from the vineyards since 1996. The vineyards hold vines ranging in age up to 90 years old. The older vines produce low yields of richly concentrated fruits. New vines, grown from cuttings from the existing old vines, are not irrigated and are green harvested so as to reduce yields. The Santa Cruz de Artazu Garnacha has a refreshing perfume of red berries and purple flowers. It makes a great wine to pair with tapas or even enjoy on its own.
Bodegas Artadi wines here now:
Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja 2009 ($26.95) $19 special 26 bottles available
The 2009 Vinas de Gain is a 100% Tempranillo wine from vines between 25 and 40 years of age, matured in new, one- and two-year-old casks. This is Artadi’s entry-level Rioja which affords a brilliant insight into this Bodega’s style at a fantastic price.
Artazu Santa Cruz de Artazu Garnacha 2007 ($39.95) $24 special 14 bottles available
Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak) 93 points “A single-vineyard wine made from 80 year old vines at an elevation of 750 metres. Bright red/purple colour. Lovely pure, sweet nose of bright raspberry and cherry fruit. The palate is fresh, elegant and pure with lovely sweet fruit. Sleek and refined, this is really polished but still has great definition and freshness. A really lovely wine, which carries the spicy oak so well. Give it a few years, I reckon”
Artadi El Seque Alicante 2009 ($44.95) $29 special 22 bottles available
Stephen Tanzer 91 points “(90% monastrell and 10% syrah): Opaque violet color. Enticing aromas of cherry-cola, black raspberry, potpourri and Asian spices. Very ripe but fresh and energetic, with excellent clarity to its sweet dark berry and spice flavors. Juicy, penetrating and long on the finish, with the spice and floral notes echoing.”
Artadi Pagos Viejo Roija 2007 ($99.95) $79 special 13 bottles available
Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2007 Pagos Viejos is sourced from Artadi’s three best and most elevated vineyard sites, all planted to Tempranillo over 75 years of age. The wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak. It sports a superb aromatic array of toasty new oak, pencil lead, violets, incense, black cherry, and blueberry. Elegant, ripe, and velvety on the palate, it has superb depth and concentration, savory flavors, a firm structure, and a 45-second finish. Give it 6-8 years of additional bottle age and drink it from 2016 to 2032.”