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Txacoli-Rioja-Navarra

Txomin Etxaniz, located in the heart of Getaria, has maintained its dedication to cultivating vines and making txakoli for generations. Back in 1649, the Gipuzkoa Protocol Archives mention Domingo’s de Etxaniz involvement in growing the vines in Getaria. Centuries later, the estate has led the way in modernizing the wine production and campaigning for the recognition and creation of Denomination of Origin Getariako Txakolina (1989). Txomin Etxaniz has 35 hectares of protected, sloped vineyards in Getaria, where they grow two native grapes: Hondarrabi Zuri (90%) and Hondarrabi Beltza (10%), which are harvested at the start of October and made into Txakoli the following winter.

>>TXOMIN ETXANIZ, DO GETARICO TXACOLINA  (EUSKADI) 
Variety

 

2017   Txomin Etxaniz, GV: Hondarrabi-Zuri 

 

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>>GERMAN BLANCO, LIVELY WINES, RIOJA BAJA 
Variety

 

2017   La Bicicleta Voladora, GV: Tempranillo, Viura (20%)

 

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2017 was just his 3rd vintage but recently selected (unfairly says German) by Sarah Jane Evans MW for Decanter as one of the one of the 10 most influential free spirits of Rioja.   

“A new project, with grapes sourced from the small part of Rioja that’s in Navarra. 

Tempranillo, organic viticulture, aged in concrete tanks and Flextank eggs. Lively, generous, drink-me-now".

Points 90”   Decanter magazine.

 
 
Variety

 

2018   Artuke, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; P: Following one of the most traditional winemaking                     techniques of the Rioja Alavesa (carbonic maceration)

2017   Pies Negros, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; P: From plots located at the highest altitude.                           A: 12 months in french and american oak

2016   Finca Los Locos, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano. 95 Penin Points.

2015   k4, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano; P: Multiple selection of the grapes. Malolactic fermentation in                           french oak. 900 bottles made. A: 16 months French oak. 96 Penin Points.

2014   La Condenada, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano; from a single plot

2016   Paso las Mañas, GV: Tempranillo, NEW

 

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Combination of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences (Rioja Alavesa)

Bodegas Artuke is a 16 hectare family estate in Baños de Ebro, Rioja Alavesa. Arturo and Kike took over the family estate and started to make their wines more than 10 years ago. We have followed their progress closely from the beginning and they keep surprising us vintage after vintage. Their philosophy is that you can only make great wine from the best grapes. They look after the entire winemaking process and put limits on yield per hectare (5,500kg).

>>BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS ARTUKE DOCa LA RIOJA

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Variety

 

2014       Lindes de Remelluire, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Rioja, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacha,  Graciano;

                A: 12 months in French oak 

2014       Lindes de Remelluri, La Bastida, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano; A: 12 months in French oak 

2011       Remelluri Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano; A: 17 months in French oak 

2010       Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, Wooden case , GV: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano;

                 A: 26 months in French oak  

2014/15   Remelluri Blanco, Wooden case, GV: 9 different varietals; A: Around 18 months in French barrels 

PRE-ORDERING

2012       Magnum Lindes de Remelluri San Vicente de la Sonsierra  

2012       Magnum Lindes de Remelluri La Bastida 

2010       Remelluri Reserva, Wooden case 

2010       Magnum Remelluri Reserva, Wooden case

2010       Magnum Remelluri Reserva, Individual wooden case  

 

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>>REMELLURI, LA GRANJA DE NTRA. SRA. DE REMELLURI, 

Remelluri’s vineyards are located along the slopes of the Sierra de Toloño mountains in the valleys of Valderemelluri, La Granja and Villaescusa. The vineyards here are at the highest elevation in the region, south-facing and protected from the prevailing winds and frost. It is the unique micro-climate of this area that gives the wines of Remelluri their personality.

Poor, stony soil with layers of clay help to retain freshness, while the Atlantic influence provides abundant rainfall and lower temperatures than in the rest of the region. The alternation of cool nights and hot days offers ideal conditions for proper phenolic ripening of the grapes. Organic farming principles have always been utilized here to ensure that the wine remains true to its unique terruño. 

After years of perfecting his craft and gaining international recognition for his winemaking abilities, Telmo Rodríguez has returned to his family winery. Telmo seeks to remain true to his family estate’s vaunted history while guiding it into a bright tomorrow.

Telmo’s vision of the future of the estate is centered around a focus on place. He is changing the dialog from one of aging methods, and even varietals, to one of sites.

As the estate reclaims vineyard sites, Telmo is handpicking the varietals best suited to the specific microclimate of each plot. He is also refocusing on old trellis styles, such as bush vine training. All plots are vinified separately.

This place-based focus is exemplified in Remelluri’s newest project: Lindes de Remelluri. Meaning “the borders of Remelluri,” this wine is made from grapes grown by local farmers in the neighboring towns of San Vicente and Labastida. While the inaugural vintage was a blend of juice from these two villages, future vintages will be released as separate wines of each village. The idea is to explore the unique characteristics of each village through their wines. 

DOCa LA RIOJA (RIOJA ALAVESA)
Variety

 

2018       Rayos Uva, Rioja, GV: Tempranillo

2016       Gabacho, Rioja, GV: 50% Garnacha, 50% Tempranillo

2013/15   Ganko, Rioja, GV: 50% Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano

2016/17   Labastid, Rioja, GV: Malvasia, Viura, Garnacha

2010/11   Viñas del Cadastro DO Arlanza, GV: Old vine Tempranillo and Garnacha A: 19 months  in oak of                    wich 20% is new

Single plots:  

2013       Las Vinas de Eusebio  

2013       Mirando al Sur  

2013       Losares  

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Combination of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences

Olivier Rivière, a native of Cognac, studied enology in Montagne St-Emilion, worked briefly with Elian Da Ros in Côtes-du-Marmandais, then at Domaine Leroy in Vosne-Romanée. His main interest there was to learn about biodynamic methods. He went on to Domaine de Chassorney in St-Romain to see how unsulfited wines are made, then spent two years managing the now defunct Domaine de la Combe in Pommard.

His grapes come from three types of soils: the Graciano vines and part of the Tempranillo for the bottling of Rayos Uva grow on alluvial soils, sandy with round stones; the old vines Garnacha (65 to 90 years) that go into Ganko grow on red soil, with marl and sand colored by ferrous oxides, at an altitude of 600 meters in Rioja Alta; the best Tempranillo vines (25 years old) are in Rioja Alavesa, on clay and limestone soils at 650 meters. Altitude is extremely important to Rivière, the cool nights keep acidity in the grapes, so he can make much fresher wines than most in the region. 

>>OLIVIER RIVIERE, DOCa LA RIOJA AND DO ARLANZA, biodynamic

Combination of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences (Rioja Alta)

Bodegas Artuke is a 16 hectare family estate in Banos de Ebro, Rioja Alavesa. Arturo and Kike took over the family estate and started to make their wines more than
10 years ago. We follow their progress closely from the beginning and they keep surprising us vintage after vintage. Their philosophy is that you can only make great wine from the best grapes. They look after the grape from the beginning  the entire winemaking process and put limits on yield per hectare (5,500kg).

Variety

 

2016    Martínez Lacuesta White,  GV: Viura

2015    Martínez Lacuesta Cosecha, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: In American oak cask for 4 months

2013    Martínez Lacuesta Crianza, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 18 months in new and semi new                    american oak

2010    Martínez Lacuesta Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo. A: 14 months in american oak.

2005   Martínez Lacuesta Gran Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 36 to 42 months in                               american oak and 54 months bottle 

 

         Vermuth Reserva  

         Vermuth red 

         Vermuth white 

 

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Combination of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences

Félix Martínez Lacuesta, a lawyer by profession, politician and businessman by vocation, set up the Martínez Lacuesta Hermanos business in 1895. Almost immediately his five brothers joined the firm and thus began a voyage into the world of Rioja wine which today the third generation of the family are proud to continue. From that time until the present the firm has stuck to the same initial philosophy: to create great Rioja wines.

Variety

2016       Martínez Lacuesta Cosecha, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: In American oak cask for 4                     months

2014       Martínez Lacuesta Crianza, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A:18 months in new and semi                       new American oak

2010       Martínez Lacuesta Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 14 months in American oak.

Vermuths:  

              Vermuth Reserva

              Vermuth Red  

              Vermuth White

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>>BODEGAS MARTÍNEZ LACUESTA, DOCa LA RIOJA (RIOJA ALTA)
 
 
>>RAFAEL LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA DOCa LA RIOJA (RIOJA ALTA)

Combination of Atlantic and Mediterranean influences (Rioja Alta)

Founded in 1877 by Rafael López de Heredia. Lopez de Heredia is one  of the three first wineries in rioja and the oldest in Haro, many conditions have to be fullfilled for their wines to achieve that superlative quality which makes them live on in the memory of those who have tasted them. The character of their wines is influenced by climate, sol, attention in the vineyards, traditional winemaking and, finally, by the care it receives in the cellar during the lengthy period of ageing in oak barrels before its bottle ageing. 

Variety

 

2009  Viña Gravonia Crianza White, GV: Viura. VERY LIMITED

2005  Tondonia White Reserva, GV: 90% Viura, 10% Malvasia;  A: 72 months in oak; P: 14,000 bottles                                    VERY LIMITED

1996  Tondonia White Gran Reserva, GV: Viura and 10% Malvasia; 114 months in oak; P: 14,000 bottles

            VERY LIMITED

2009  Viña Cubillo Crianza, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 36 months in oak; P: 85,000                          bottles

2006  Viña Tondonia Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 72 months in oak; P: 290,000                    bottles

2006  Viña Bosconia Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 60 months in oak; P: 30,000                      bottles

1995   Tondonia Gran Reserva, GV: Tempranillo, Garnacho, Graciano, Mazuelo; A: 108 months in oak. Rest in                     bottle, unfiltered; P: 18,000 bottles

 

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>>LA CALANDRIA - GARNACHA PURA,  DO NAVARRA

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La Calandria was started in 2008 by three friends who “believe life is too short to drink bad wine”. But that is only one of the reasons which motivated them to embark on the quest for the old plots of vines in Navarra, planted solely to bush vine Garnacha. In the region, where Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate the mainstream, industrial wine production, these old, low yielding vines are seen as unprofitable relies of the past, wich are systematically uprooted.

For Javier Continente and his partners, Grenache is the region’s heart and soul, a heritage which must be preserved. Together they farm 11 hectares of vines in the villages of Cintruénigo and Corella in the southern, less Atlantic part of Navarra as well as working with the very special plot in the village of Tierga in the nearby Aragon, at the foothills of Moncayo Moutain. In those isolated, airy parts of the region, they practice traditional viticulture, making wines that reflect the uniqueness of the land.

We bring to you two of their young wines, made from Garnacha planted in Cintruénigo on the site called Los Portillos, where “cold wind never rests, and grindstones like to pile up”. “Sonrojo” is the archetypical Navarran Rosado, which the region used to be famous for. Juicy and fruit driven, yet without a trace of over-ripeness. 

The red called “La Calandria” is a medium bodied, intensely perfumed, pure expression of the grape variety they have dedicated their project to.

Variety

 

2017   Sonrojo, GV: Garnacha

2017   Volandera, GV: Garnacha

 

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