Arizcuren Bodega y Viñedos
Sologarnacha Ánfora - 2019
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When Javier Arizcuren isn’t designing wineries for Rioja’s cutting-edge winemakers, he’s crafting some of the region's most expressive wines. As both an architect and a winemaker, Javier brings his discerning and creative mind into all of his work.
Solo Garnacha Ánfora is naturally cold fermented in open steel vats and aged in amphorae (clay vessels), this makes the wine very bright and fruity with subtle earthy undertones. Think cherry and chocolate/coffee. With only 290 bottles produced annually and only 30 available to Albae, don't snooze on the opportunity to try this masterpiece!
In Javier’s own words:
“Wines aged in amphorae (clay vessels) create the purest expression of any grape variety, in this case, Garnacha. This variety was once the dominant one in la Rioja Oriental, but now it only consists of less than 10% of the planted vineyards of the area. With this wine, we are able to truly show the essence of the variety and the land; high altitude vineyards on the northern slopes of the Sierra de Yerga.”
Javier’s tasting notes are direct and to the point; Red fruit, a strong note of cherry over an ethereal earthy background.
The subtle earthy notes come from the wine being in contact with the uncoated clay interior of the amphorae for 8 months, during which the malolactic fermentation and ageing process occurs.
Javier's urban winery/architectural studio is in downtown Logroño, the capital of La Rioja. Logroño traditionally had small wineries in many of its buildings, until a few decades ago. Javier’s is now the only urban winery in Logroño.
Annual Production: 290 bottles (The club has access to 30 annually)
Type: Tinto (Red)
Finish: Perfumed, light and lasting
Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha
Ageing: In clay Amphorae for 8 months. It was bottled in July 2020
Winemakers: Javier Arizcuren
Bodega: Arizcuren Bodega y Viñedos
Region: La Rioja, Yerga subregion, Municipality of Quel
Designation of Origin: DOCa Rioja
Micro-Climate: Continental/Mediterranean - hot and dry summers and cool/mild in the winters
Elevation: 600 meters above sea level
Age of Vines: 30 years old
Soil: Sandy loam
Viticulture / Farming: Organic Farming - Terroir Driven
- Drink now or keep for up to 3 years
- No decanting necessary, just uncork 10 minutes before serving
- Pairs with Tapas, Manchego or any cheese (cow, goat or sheep), Ibérico ham, Paté or any Spreads, Poultry, Pasta or Pizza, Legumes or Meat, typical Spanish dishes, all Mediterranean and Asian rice-based dishes spiced but not too hot.
- Ideal at 14/15 Celsius
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Hizo la fermentación en depósitos de acero inoxidable, abiertos (es decir sin tapa), primero con maceración en frío durante 3 a cuatro días y después fermentación durante diez a doce días, con pisados diarios y sin apenas remontados.
La fermentación maloláctica y la crianza se hizo seguida, durante ocho meses en ánfora de barro sin revestir (esta s la razón de ese retrogusto terroso, o con leve acento de arcilla húmeda.
El vino se embotelló en Julio 2020, es decir hace un año; por tanto ha estado un año madurando en botella.
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Ratings & Reviews
Wine of the year - Reds from Rioja
95 Points - Tim Atkin (Master of Wine)
"To my mind, this is the best Garnacha release yet from Javier Arizcuren. Fermented and aged in amphoras in his stylish urban winery in downtown Logroño, it's fresher brighter and better balanced than previous releases, with the youthful enthusiasm of a parcel planted more recently. Floral, refined and racy with good “minerality” and savoury tannins. Impressive for such a young site."
91 Points - Luis Gutiérrez Santo Domingo (Wine Advocate, Robert Parker)
This year, the 2019 Sologarnacha Amphora Ageing was produced with grapes from a younger vineyard. It's "only" 13.5% alcohol (most of the other wines are much higher in alcohol) and has a perfumed and floral nose, showing some lightness after a short maceration to keep the more ethereal part of the variety. The wine matured in a clay tinaja for eight months. Only 295 bottles were filled in July 2020.