2009 Artazu Artazuri Garnacha Tinto

Year: 2009
Appellation: Navarra
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 91
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Artazuri Garnacha is deep purple in color with an inviting nose of spice box, floral notes, and ripe black cherries. Dense, rich, and nicely proportioned on the palate, it has several years of aging potential but can be approached now. " (WA)

"Disclaimer: Spain has, by far, the best wine values in the world.

For my money, Spain has two premier red grapes: Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo, though many other grapes play important supporting roles. The Spanish version of Grenache can range from light and supple to huge and oaky. This one forgoes the oak but has plenty of the spicy fruit flavors which define Spanish Grenache vs. the French or American versions.

Hailing from the Navarra region in Northern Spain, near the French border, this Garnacha splits the difference between Spanish spice and Southern Rhone sleek. The nose is bright – focused on fruit over oak. Immediately upon opening, this wine was on the lighter side with sweet cherry flavors coating the palate. I opened it on Friday and today (Monday night), it’s gained weight and firmed up, showing its more serious side. The wine is great either way, and the fact that it’s still good after having been open 3 days, suggests that it will improve with a few years of bottle age.

Slap a 91 point score on an American red and it could certainly add another digit to the incredible price of this wine. This wine is more evidence that Spain leads the way when it comes to wine value. But even with Spain’s proven track record, this is an exceptional value. Caseworthy." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
In the early 1990s, after visiting several different villages in the D.O. Navarra, owner and winemaker Juan Carlos López de la Calle 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 Historically, the cultivation of vines had been the economic engine of the village and historical documents gave evidence to several awards won by the townspeople for producing high quality Garnacha wines.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 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.