ARIZCUREN SOLOGARNACHA

 GRAPE: 100% Garnacha

APPELLATION: Rioja DOCa

VINIFICATIONSustainable farming. Hand harvested in 11kg baskets. Complete destemming and spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast. The vinification process follows the principle of minimum intervention, trying to respect the variety and terroir. Malolactic and ageing for 12 months in the same used french oak casks (400 & 500 liters)

TASTING NOTES: Purple red with medium intensity. Predominance of red and black fruit aromas, with some floral notes and light spicy nuances. Medium body, firm and elegant tannins and fresh and long final.

FOOD PAIRING: Red meats, game, stews, spoon dishes. Ideal for some lamb chops.

RATINGS HISTORY:

  • 93 Pts by Tim Atkin; Vntg 2020.
  • 92 Pts by James Suckling; Vntg 2020.

Tech Sheet:

PRODUCER:

After studying viticulture and oenology at the University of La Rioja and making several trips to national and international wine areas, in 2009, Javier Arizcuren  began to make a small amount of wine in the basement of the family house.

In 2016 Javier designed his “garage” cellar, an urban space converted into a place for winemaking and aging. The whole process is carried out by hand in a series of multi-purpose rooms.

With 19 hectares of vineyard, he only sells about 12,500 bottles. He seeks to reach 25,000, but “without subtracting time from work in the field”, which, he says, represents 95 percent. “Because if you work well the land and the vineyard, little hand you have to put in cellar“.

Lacking innovative technologies (“only mud jars can be considered innovation”), Arizcuren works in ecological, both, land and in cellar, with a minimal intervention “to get the purest expression of what comes from the field”.