Gonzalo Celayeta

La Huella de Aitana

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91 Points - Parker

Notes

For Gonzalo Celayeta, La Huella de Aitana holds a special place in his heart. The first harvest was in 2011, which happened to be his daughter Aitana's first year of life, so he decided to dedicate the wine to her. However, this rosado (rosé) couldn't be like any other, it needed to be delicate, subtle, playful, with lots of character and one that would age well. Basically it needed to be better than any other rosado.

With all the care and love that Gonzalo put into this wine, it's no surprise that it's such an enchanting rosado.

Made with 100% Garnacha, the vineyard sits at 400 meters altitude in the municipality of San Martin de Unx, Navarra. La Huella de Aitana is naturally fermented in barrel and aged on its lees during 4 months in American oak.

The wine has a beautiful and brilliant strawberry pink colour. The aromas are equally bright and fun with notes of watermelon candy and strawberry, bursting with sweetness but balanced with toasted and spicey notes from the oak barrels. On the palate the wine is both rich and fresh, starting out with a burst of fruit typical of Garnacha but followed by more structure and creaminess. The fantastic acidity of this wine means that ages very well in the bottle. Very easy drinking and surprisingly versatile when it comes to food pairing. 

Facts

Annual Production: 6500 bottles (The club has access to 300 annually)
Type:  Rosado (Rosé)
Body:  Light
Palate:  Dry
Finish:  fruity, fresh, and intense
Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha
Viticulture / Farming: Certified Organic Farming - Terroir Driven
ABV%: 14
Ageing:  on lees for 4 months in American Oak barrels
Winemaker:  Gonzalo Celayeta
Bodega: Gonzalo Celayeta Wines
Region: near San Martin de Unx, Navarra
Designation of Origin: DO Navarra
Micro-Climate: Continental - hot and dry summers and cool/mild in the winters
Elevation: 400 meters above sea level
Age of Vines: Unknown
Soil: clay and calcareous rock

Tips

  • Drink now or keep for up to 5 years
  • No decanting necessary, just uncork 15-20 minutes before serving
  • Pairs with almost any dish including 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 16 Celsius

Terroir

The Malasombra vineyard is located near the town of Andosilla, right on the border between Navarra and Rioja in Northern Spain. The vineyard faces South, allowing for maximum sun exposure, perfect for getting the ideal ripeness out of the Graciano grapes which have a long growing cycle. The soil is mostly calcareous clay with round cobble-sized river stones on the surface from the erosion of the nearby Ega river. In Andosilla, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 2°C to 30°C and is rarely below -2°C or above 36°C.

Vinification

Malasombra undergoes maceration with skins for 60 days and cold natural fermentation in stainless steel vats. The fermentation happens spontaneously driven by the grape's natural yeasts and bacteria.

Luis’ goal with this wine is to extract all the strong fruit flavours of the Graciano while minimizing any vegetal notes. The wine undergoes natural malolactic fermentación in stainless steel vats and is then aged in 500L used oak barrels for one year.

Low intervention, no clarification or filtration, this is a pure wine “without any makeup” as Luis likes to say.

Winemaker

Gonzalo Celayeta works closely with Luis Moya Tortosa of LMT wines.

TRANSLATION COMING SOON

Gonzalo Celayeta, nacido en Olite (Navarra) inició su carrera en el año 2000 en la Estación de Viticultura y Enología de Navarra (EVENA). Después de formarse y trabajar allí durante casi cuatro años, decidió ampliar horizontes y pasó a elaborar y asesorar a diferentes Bodegas de Navarra y Rioja, pero es en el 2004 cuando decide iniciar su proyecto personal “Gonzalo Celayeta Wines”.

En 2006 se convierte además en director técnico de Bodegas San Martín, también en Navarra, y continúa paralelamente desarrollando su proyecto de un modo más seleccionado, incluso con ediciones limitadas que no siempre se repetirán en el tiempo y con la idea de ir sacando a la luz nuevos vinos, nuevos proyectos siempre con un toque personal y diferenciado que encierran alguna pequeña historia detrás.

En 2014 se aventura en otro nuevo y apasionante Proyecto, Bodegas Unsi, con pequeña Bodega situada en Olite y viñedos en San Martín de Unx, pueblo donde se centra prácticamente la totalidad de sus elaboraciones. Unsi es un Proyecto que nace con la idea de recuperar viñedos antiguos de Garnacha abandonados en zonas de montaña, parajes de muy difícil acceso pero con un encanto y autenticidad importantísimos. Así se suma a este Proyecto donde de la mano de algunos viticultores del pueblo pone en marcha la Bodega que hoy en día se ha consolidado como unas de las mejores Garnachas de España.

Pero volviendo a Gonzalo Celayeta Wines, que es realmente su Proyecto personal, podemos describir su filosofía en elaborar vinos siempre con alguna historia detrás, algo que transmita una experiencia emocional, vinos auténticos y con algo diferente bien por su dedicatoria, elaboración o variedad (siempre pequeñas producciones)

Se puede definir como un Proyecto tradicional en cuanto a elaboraciones, buscando variedades típicas o tradicionales y elaboradas con métodos poco intervencionistas (respetuosos) y que puedan reflejar el carácter de la zona y variedad de que provienen. Por otro lado tiene un toque moderno la forma de transmitir el Proyecto buscando experiencias e historias personales.

Los vinos podemos clasificarlos como auténticos y representativos de la zona donde se recogen las uvas, buscan siempre un perfil más mineral que comercial, podemos definirlos como vinos de perfil gastronómico, más para la mesa que para barra y siempre con buen potencial de envejecimiento.

Ratings & Reviews 

91 Points - Luis Gutiérrez Santo Domingo (Wine Advocate, Robert Parker)

"I also tasted the just-bottled 2019 La Huella de Aitana rosé, which is a bright pink, aromatic and expressive (roses and talcum powder), with spicy reminiscences of its four months in oak barrels and a seamless palate, where it shows volume and balance, and a long and tasty finish with a pleasant touch of bitter notes. This reminded me more of some claretes (produced like a red with a mixture of red and white grapes), combining characteristics of red and white wines, very good for a wide range of food, and for sure with the stuffing and balance to develop nicely in bottle. 6,500 bottles were filled in March 2020."

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