Artazuri Garnacha 2009
4-6 months in French oak
Folio Fine Wine Partners
This big powerful Garnacha shows its typical flavors of strawberries, raspberries, black pepper, and mint. There are lashings of barrel spice in the middle and in the clean, almost mild finish, which, enhanced by deft American oak vanillin notes, is rather elegant for such a showy wine. Drink soon and in the next several years.
An approachable wine that boasts heady aromas, succulent fruit, and a good natural acidity, the Artazuri Garnacha is an ideal everyday wine. Bright cherry-red in color, it has redolent aromas of ripe forest berries, lavender, and violet. Well-balanced and medium-bodied on the palate, the wine is full of ripe fruit that persists through the finish.
About the Winery
Located at an altitude of 1,650 feet, Bodegas Artazu's vineyards are subject to the extreme influences of both Atlantic and continental climates. The vines of Bodegas Artazu are located in quaternary alluvial soils with a very chalky subsoil. The new trellised 5-to 15-year-old plantings are never irrigated and are grown without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides. The ancient head-pruned 70- to 90-year-old vines produce a very low yield of less than 2 pounds per vine (1/4 ton per acre) and are also organically farmed. A green harvest is performed each year, and fruit is dropped when needed.