VINTAGE Very different than the über-dry 2012 vintage, 2013 was marked by high precipitation, with rainfall records doubling those which are normally found in Navarra. The wet spring months caused a delay in the start of the vegetative cycle and that, along with an atypical bud break, delayed harvest until the second week of October. Only by performing extremely careful viticulture management were the ARTADI team confident they would be able to maintain the outstanding quality of their Navarran wines. A vintage that put the best viticulturalists “to the test,” the 2013 wines produced by the López de Lacalle family in Navarra are shining examples of what careful vineyard management and grape selection can produce in a challenging vintage.
VINEYARDS Located at an altitude of 1,650 feet, Bodegas Artazu's vineyards are subject to the extreme influences of an Atlantic and Continental climate. Much unlike the Garnacha that is produced in other regions of Spain, or even other parts of Navarra, the vines of Bodegas Artazu are located in quaternary alluvial soils with a very chalky subsoil. The new 5- to 15-year-old plantings are trellised, never irrigated and grown without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides. The ancient 70- to 90-year-old vines are head-pruned, produce a very low yield of less than 2 pounds per vine, or around ¼ ton per acre, and are also organically farmed. A green harvest is performed each year and fruit is dropped when needed.
WINEMAKERS NOTES In the early 1990s, after visiting several different villages in the D.O. Navarra, owner and winemaker Juan Carlos López de Lacalle came upon the town of Artazu where he was captivated by the vineyards, landscape and especially the people. Historically, the cultivation of vines had been the economic engine of the village and historical documents gave evidence to several awards won by the townspeople for producing high quality Garnacha wines. Juan Carlos aspired to defend this winemaking tradition and approached this new project, his second winery in Spain, with great enthusiasm. By purchasing the few remaining ancient vineyard blocks around Artazu and by planting new vineyards with cuttings from the old vines, Juan Carlos ensured he had the raw material with which to make outstanding wines from Navarra. An easy-drinking wine that is both fresh and well balanced, the Artazuri Garnacha is crimson red in color with succulent aromas of fresh cherries, wild berries, rose petals and candied oranges. A fruit-forward wine with a great natural acidity, the 2013 Artazuri Garnacha can be served slightly chilled and will pair well with any type of cuisine.
VARIETY 100% Garnacha