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2018 Oxer Bastegieta "Suzzane" Rioja

SKU #1492179 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The varietal Garnacha red 2018 Suzzane refers to Leonard Cohen's song of the same name and is an ode to women. It was produced with grapes from three hectares of 117-year-old vines in the zone of Cárdenas, where the soils are red and have a lot of iron. It fermented in a combination of concrete and oak vats and 500-liter barrels with 20% full clusters and indigenous yeasts followed by malolactic in concrete and foudre and 12 months' aging in 500-liter barrels and a Stockinger foudre. This wine has nothing to do with past vintages, when I found too prominent oak. Here, the oak is perfectly integrated and neatly folded into the delicate Garnacha fruit, coming through as delicate and floral (violets). It's nicely textured, velvety and very pure. The wine is tasty and has bright flavors, and it has light, great persistence and length, with some extra structure from the stems. 4,600 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2019.(LG) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

K&L Notes

Oxer Bastegieta is a Basque producer who divides his time between the family winery in Bizkaiko Txakolina and his highly personal wines in Rioja Alavesa. Oxer had always wanted to make wines in La Rioja Alavesa, and in 2005 he moved to Laguardia. Convinced of the uniqueness of the area, Oxer decided this is the place where he wants to settle and further express the art of winemaking. The permaculture vineyards in La Rioja Alavesa are worked organically with biodynamic treatments, following the principle of regenerative agriculture. Man and mule work the land with great care and respect for the old vines, and the meticulous work in vineyard and winery culminates in extremely fresh and elegant wines. Old vines, natural acidity by picking early, little extraction, spontaneous fermentation and aging in a mix of vessels all contribute to achieving a fine-wine profile. Named after Leonard Cohen's famous song, this is 100 Garnacha from a 100+ year old vineyard in Rioja Alta. Fermentation takes place in 500 liter used French oak barrels and concrete egg, using indigenous yeasts. The wine ages for approximately 12 months in 500 liter French oak barrels and concrete egg.

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