2014 Domaines Lupier El Terroir Garnacha Old Vines

Year: 2014
Appellation: Navarra
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2014 El Terroir has a little more depth and complexity than the previous year, even if both vintages were cold and rainy, but this 2014 seems to have more complexity, depth and nuance. It's medium bodied with fine-grained tannins and has very good balance. This cuvée seems to be improving vintage after vintage, they keep working their same vineyards, they keep improving their knowledge, and they are more experienced. The barrels are older and the integration is better. This is earthier and a little wilder than La Dama. 28,118 bottles were filled at the end of the spring of 2016.

2014 was a cold and rainy year that resulted in wines of finesse and precision, whereas 2015 was an almost perfect harvest, with more powerful wines, but as Domaine Lupier seems to improve from vintage to vintage, both years showed great and in 2015 both wines seemed very pretty and have everything in place. I'm really looking forward to tasting the 2016s..." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The past holds the seeds of the future. So it is with art, music, literature and wine. Enrique Basarte and Elisa Ucar, the husband-and-wife team behind Domaines Lupier, know that today’s innovations in viticulture will be built on knowledge of history and tradition. In their case it’s all about old vines: The have rescued abandoned garnacha vines, some as ancient as 109 years old, that other producers around San Martín de Unx in Navarra were ignoring.“It was spiritually painful to us,” says Elisa. “Being in love with garnacha, we had to do something.”And so they have. The couple, both of whom have been involved in the wine industry for some 15 years, studied parcels in the area, tasting grapes from each to select the most interesting and the most promising. They acquired 27 micro plots at various elevations, each a treasure offering its own unique terroir.Elisa and Enrique believe in biodiversity and in using microbiology to assure their soil remains alive with nutrients, but their philosophy of winemaking remains rooted in three words: purity, simplicity and authenticity. Their two cuvees – each made from 100% garnacha – are at once dense and clean, hinting at the traditionally savage profile of garnacha but transformed by soft tannins and exquisite finesse.In the end, the wines are made in the vineyard. As Elisa explains in Spanish, “Es lo que es” (“It is what it is”).