Viñedos de El Sequé
VINTAGE Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle describes the 2011 vintage in Alicante as being a year that produced fresh and fruit-forward wines. A dry winter was followed by a rainy spring and the cool early summer months were followed by a hot and dry August and September. Perfect ripening conditions for achieving phenomenal grape production, the 2011 Vinedos de El Seque will be ready to drink upon release and may be cellared for a period of up to 3-5 years.
VINEYARDS Located at an altitude of 1,800 feet, the vineyards of El Seque are uniquely influenced by both the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby continental plateau of La Mancha. Similar to the idea of a French chateau, the 100% estate-owned vineyards surround the winery at various orientations and elevations, with soils comprised of quaternary sandy loam set in a clay subsoil. The 15- to 30-year-old vines that go into making Viñedos de El Sequé are trained on a trellising system and drip irrigated only when needed. In addition, integrated and environmentally respectful viticultural practices are performed; chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used. While the local star variety of Monastrell represents the heart and soul of the winery, a small amount of Syrah is also grown to supplement the depth and structure of the wines produced at El Sequé. The only blend within Artadi's impressive portfolio of monovarietal wines, Juan Carlos feels the small addition of Syrah provides depth, multifaceted fruit flavors and a touch of minerality to his Monastrell-based Vinedos de El Seque.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Named after the small mountain hamlet where the winery and vineyards are located, the El Sequé project was born in 1999 when owner and winemaker Juan Carlos López de Lacalle purchased 100 acres of old-vine Monastrell just 60 Km inland from the Mediterranean sea in the Alicante region of Spain. As working with a new variety always presents a challenge, Juan Carlos says that, at first, making wine in El Sequé was an exercise in continuous learning and adaptation. Now, twelve years later, he has mastered the art of preserving the freshness and concentrated balsamic characters that are produced in his seasoned and mature Monastrell clusters, making stunning wines of great character and balance. Ruby red in color with a dark purple rim, this wine has aromas of ripe, fresh berries and Mediterranean forest herbs. On the palate it is voluminous and smooth, supported by mature tannins. A true Mediterranean wine in character, 2011 Viñedos de El Sequé has a remarkable freshness and very long finish.
VARIETY 90% Monastrell and 10% Syrah