2006 Artazu "Artazuri" Garnacha Navarra, Spain

SKU #1042228

90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(100% garnacha from vines reportedly over 60 years of age) Vivid ruby-red. Bright, sharply focused nose offers spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas, with a tangy white pepper overtone. Deeper cherry and blackberry flavors stain the palate and gain sweetness with air, picking up dusty tannins. More ample than past vintages of this wine, with excellent finishing sweetness and energy. Terrific value." (Sept/Oct '08)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2008  | Send Email
Most producers who have 60-80 year old Grenache vines go for super-concentration, barrel fermentation and aging. But thankfully that is not what this Navarra producer went for. This wine is a pure expression of Grenache. Aromas of bright red fruit and a bit of spice in the background. On the palate there are fresh raspberries and blackberries, and it finishes with a bit of astringent tannins and keeps going with heady ripe fruit. What a wine for only $10.99!
Top Value!

 By: Jeff Phillips |  Review Date: 2/11/2009 
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Nice, dark cherry flavor. Some tannins on the finish. A little tight can age a bit
Drink to 2013

 By: Mark Chamness |  Review Date: 12/7/2008 
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Once you get past the harsh acidity, this wine has some charming qualities.

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Varietal:

Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Navarra