San Lázaro 2019
Single Plot Wine, Álava, Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi, 750 ml
Winemaker Juan López de Lacalle's goal is to express the characteristics of each site of his vineyards in the wine. This is also the case with the 1.62 hectare San Lázaro vineyard, located in the town of Laguardia, Rioja, whose Tempranillo vines were planted in 1956. The vineyard is cultivated organically, and the vines are deeply rooted in the clay soils with a high lime and sand content, giving the wine a great balance. On the nose, it beguiles with delicate and fine fruity notes with hints of mint and liquorice. On the palate, it shows a beautiful spiciness and refreshing acidity. The San Lázaro impresses with its perfect balance of fruit, freshness, wood and terroir.
|Origin:||Spain / Rioja|
|Label:||Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 20 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Vinification:||long must fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection, in small boxes|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces, bâtonnage|
|Maturation duration:||10 months|
Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi de Laguardia
In Rioja Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, oenologist and founder of the Artadi group, has succeeded in making unique wines in an exciting and creative way. This is not least thanks to a distinctive style and his passion for environmentally friendly viticultural methods, which guarantee the future of winemaking and the authenticity of his wines.
This private cooperative project was founded by a group of winemakers in 1985, and has since 1992 been owned by the Lacalle y Laorden family. The vineyards, some of which are over 90 years old and are mainly planted with the Tempranillo grape, stretch from Laguardia to Elvillar de Álava. Some of the area is also dedicated to the white Viura varietal, which is typical of the Rioja region and goes into creating the Viñas de Gain Blanco. Thanks to the location of the vineyards, some of which are over 600 metres above sea level, the grapes benefit not only from optimal sunshine but also from the cooling Atlantic air.
The Tempranillo is the emblem of Spain. With its juicy cherry fruit, crisp tannins, and its notes of leather and spices, it gives the Rioja its face. In the Ribera del Duero, it is known as Tinta del país. Here it turns out focused and muscular. As it has inhabited the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, it is known under countless synonyms. Across the border in Portugal, it is called Tinta Roriz, and lends colour and body to port wine. It also plays an important role in the booming wine scene of the Douro Valley. The Tempranillo owes its name to its early maturity – "temprano" in Spanish means "early". Tip: do it like they do in Spain and enjoy it with lamb.
Rioja: A legend in upheaval
It is the flagship of the Spanish wine industry: the Rioja region, with its elegant, yet storable wines, most of which are dominated by the Tempranillo, has decisively influenced the image of Spanish wine. Above all, the Reservas and Gran Reservas, aged for years in barrels, enjoy a magical reputation. For about 20 years, the Rioja houses have created a sensation with modern-designed, fruity wines, which are marked more by their terroir than their aging processes.
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.