Why Not Wednesday-Artadi from Navarra Spain
Owner Juan López de la Calle has been surrounded by old vines and great wines since early childhood when he used to accompany his grandfather during harvest time in Rioja. Now, producing wines made from the single most important variety of an appellation, working with estate-grown fruit and developing a team of viticultural experts that respect the traditions and climate of a particular region are Artadi’s fundamental keys to success.
Located with Rioja Alavesa, at one of the highest points in Spain, Artadi’s vineyards surround the medieval village of Laguardia, at an altitude of 1,890 feet. This area of Rioja is typically known for producing wines that are lighter and aromatic. In a climate moderately influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and protected by the strong, cool winds of the northerly Sierra Cantabria mountain range, Artadi’s 70 hectares of vines grow in sandy, clay and calcium-rich alluvial soils. By performing integrated and environmentally respectful viticultural practices where chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used, and carrying out a green harvest and dropping fruit when needed, the Artadi team ensures their wine to be some of the best in the world. Their winemaking is modern with an emphasis upon fruit driven wines, characterized by the terroir of individual vineyard sites. French oak is used, not American, allowing eloquent natural expression. Artadi produces exemplary unoaked and oaked Riojas, including superb Reservas and single-vineyard wines.
His Navarran Bodega is located in the village of Santa Cruz, using 100% Grenache from 100-year-old vines. As Navarra continues to emerge from the shadows of its illustrious neighbour Rioja, the wines of Artadi are helping us to understand its quality and identity. In 1996 Artadi made their first foray into the historical wine region of Navarra specifically in Artazu which is located in the northernmost part of Navarra at the base of the Pyrenees mountain range.
The viticultural area is well defined by both brown-limestone and clay-calcareous soils. There are nutrient-poor and rugged plots, where the climate is hard and full of contrasts: dry and hot in the summer, and cold and humid in the winter.
Navarra is known for its rosè. The rosé produced from the gnarled old vines of Garnacha produces beautifully balanced rosé. In fact the vines for their rosé comes from Artazu. 100% Garnacha from local clones that the Lopez de Lacalle family has been farming since 1996. The gentle press of gravity to extract the juice combined with the natural transformation of native yeast evolving into delicious rosé. To further ensure quality the Lopez de Lacalle family purchased a canning line in order to create their first canned rosè, Ah-So. The canning line is instrumental in maintaining freshness from vine to can! Ah-So is the brain passion project of founders (our very own), Dustin and Carrie Chiappetta along with Carlos Lopez de la Lacalle the son of Juan. Artadi’s vineyard sites along with careful passionate winemaking gives their wines the qualities of transparency of fruit and finesse of tannins.
2017 Ah-So Rosé, Navarra Spain – Garnacha :: $19 Sale $17
The Ah-So tool is the strange-looking, two-pronged wine opener that sommeliers use to open older wines or wines with damaged corks. The color is fuchsia; the nose is of fresh garden greenery and a hint of watermelon. On the palate, muted young raspberry and citrus fruit with solid acidity. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and best served cold. Food pairing is more easy than usual: the delicate flavor and strong acid level make it a good palate cleanser and refreshing wine, so the greatest success is with simpler, cafe or bar-style food. In an easy-to-carry can, it is designed for the beach, boating, the golf cart or poolside. Where a traditional container poses issues, this is an easy-to-use packaging.
2017 Bodegas Artazu Rosé, Navarra Spain – Garnacha :: $19 Sale $17
Bright, pink rose in color. Full, forward & attractive nose of ripe fruit aromas of cherries, strawberries & raspberries with overtones of floral notes & minerals, spices & a hint of citrus rind. Light bodied with a good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, zesty, ripe fruit flavors of cherries, strawberries & raspberries, spices & minerals. Lingering dry finish. Drinks great now and will develop further with an additional year of aging.
2013 Bodegas Artazu ‘Pasos de San Martin’, Navarra Spain – Garnacha :: $33 Sale $30
A wine from the Navarrese village San Martín de Unx produced to show the personality of a unique Garnacha and the wine tradition rooted in this medieval village. 35 year-old vineyards placed on a slope at more than 600 meters of altitude, in a winemaking region with great Pyrenean influence. A vibrant and fruity wine, with soft and fresh tannins. It´s a wine full of power and authenticity.
2016 Bodegas Artadi ‘Vinas de Gain’, Laguardia Spain – Tempranillo :: $28 Sale $26
Vinas De Gain comes from vines of over 25 years of age and it is a superb quality wine, 100% Tempranillo from fruit grown at high altitude vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. It is the least expensive offering in Artadi’s range, yet it displays impressive purity with layers of flavours reminiscent of Burgundian complexity. Artadi cultivates their Tempranillo vineyards in Rioja to produce wines with singularity and personality; freshness of fruit and smooth tannins are their special qualities.
The Share Tasting Saturday, 4-7 PM
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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