March 2011 Selection

Navarra & Garnachas

March 2011 Selection

Artazuri 2009 (1 bottles)
Libido 2009 (2 bottles)
El Chaparral 2009 (2 bottles)
Santa Cruz de Artazu 2007 (1 bottles)

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Artazuri 2009 (1 bottles)

Young red. Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: 4.69 € club members / 5.34 € non-members


Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu, belonging to the Artadi group of wineries, started up in 1996. Behind this enterprising venture has been the driving force of Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, accredited with a wealth of professional experience in the Spanish wine-producing industry, and determined to show the potential and the varietal nuances of a wholly indigenous grape variety such as the Garnacha. The project began with the acquisition of 10 ha of vineyards aged over 60 years old, in the locality of Artazu (Valdizarbe), a well-known, old wine-producing village situated in Navarra’s most northerly vine-growing region.

Artazuri is a product of the youngest vineyards: a fresh wine, gently-toned without intense colouring, and extremely generous in aromas, exuding hints of blackberries, cranberries and strawberry chews predominantly, notes typically found in some carbonic maceration wines.

Artazuri’s flavour character is best described as that of a classic and finely crafted Garnacha, lightly extracted, with remarkable freshness and excellent acidity, creating a wonderfully drinkable wine.

Artazuri is a delightful example of a young Garnacha wine!

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 15ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2012.

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Libido 2009 (2 bottles)

Young red. DSG Vineyards Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: 5.64 € club members / 6.41 € non-members


When David Sampedro Gil founded this new winery, he stamped it with his own initials (DSG) with the aim of bringing together his wine production from both the Rioja and Navarra denominations. His philosophy has not changed since 2003: he wants to produce wines that really matter to people and make a difference. This project started in the Navarra DO on discovering the Pasolasmonjas estate, with its vineyards of ‘mountain-planted’ Garnacha, growing old vines aged between 60 and 70 years old, from which he produces his rosé, his young red (Libido) and his oak-aged wine: Pasolasmonjas.

Libido exhibits certain nuances that bring to mind some of the prestigious wines of the Roussillon and Rhone regions: when tasting blind, we come across a complex range of spicy aromas, like freshly-ground black pepper, cayenne and nutmeg…perhaps you were under the influence of those headily fragrant bushes, David?

On the palate there is a perfectly defined style revealed as spicy, vegetal and rounded, with touches of citric fruit; a style that combines the rusticity of certain Priorat wines with the distinct flavour of pepper, earthy dust, spices and lush greenness…so characteristic of the Languedoc-Roussillon.

The Garnacha Libido, utterly desirable!

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 14ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2012.

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El Chaparral 2009 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Bodegas Nekeas Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: 9.89 € club members / 11.23 € non-members


During the 1960s, the serious situation surrounding the price of grapes caused the destruction of a significant number of vines in the Nekeas Valley. Only a few parcels of Garnacha remained, lying amidst the overgrown bushes at the top of the valley. Years later, in 1997, when these parcels were on the point of disappearing forever, Nekeas created their first red wine using these grapes, which they appropriately named after the place, El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa.

El Chaparral is the product of Garnacha grapes originating from vines aged over 70 years old that grow in a valley caught between Mediterranean and Cantabrian climates; the resultant wine is carefully matured in barrels for several months.

The predominant aromas of this wine are lactic, vanilla and vinous acquired from the wood; all well-concentrated and tightly-held within the glass until gradually gentle menthol notes are released, along with balsamic and spicy wafts. Fresh-textured, Atlantic-influenced and spiced with fine-grained oak wood, El Chaparral boasts many great attributes.

Chaparral, clearly marked as a signature Garnacha!

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2013.

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Santa Cruz de Artazu 2007 (1 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Artazu Navarre, Spain Grenache

Bottle: 19.81 € club members / 22.45 € non-members


Santa Cruz de Artazu is the height of elegance and finesse, a wine with class, a masterpiece that reveals the true potential and beauty of the Navarra Garnacha.

Contained protectively within the bottle is an extremely refined wine, which once poured into the glass, releases a subtle sound that gives fair warning of its fruity texture. Can it possibly be elegant and have so much body? Santa Cruz de Artazu proves this can be true, as this is a wine full of balance: a nose redolent of black berry fruits, juicy, fresh, lightly spiced and with just the right amount of wood; on the palate it has plenty of structure, silkiness, with a slightly salty edge and a touch of caramel sweetness. The style makes us understandably think of its Riojan relation, Artadi: an absolute delight.

So here we have Santa Cruz de Artazu, just as perfect as Artadi!

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2014.

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