Santa Cruz de Artazu 2016
Colores nítidos y trasparencia viva. Expresión de una fruta roja enérgica que vibra en el paladar con rotundidad. Sensaciones de profundidad y autenticidad procedente de los viejos viñedos de Navarra. Un vino para exploradores, quienes no se arrepentirán de este descubrimiento.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
I hadn't tasted these wines from Navarra for a while, so I jumped to the 2016 Santa Cruz de Artazu directly from the 2012 I tasted last time. It comes from a six-hectare plot of extremely old vines, fermented in open-top stainless steel vats and matured in barrique until it finished malolactic. 2016 was an unusual vintage that had moderate temperatures and enough rain and delivered a large crop; it's a year of good quality, perhaps with less structure and tannic structure. An explosion of fruit and flowers, this wine is more approachable, fresher and, ultimately, my favorite of the vintages I've tasted from this single-vineyard bottling. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in early September 2018
Attractive, wild-herb accents with wild cherries and dark raspberries on offer, and some gently meaty, youthful complexity. The palate has such depth and drive with intense and detailed, rich dark fruit. Blueberry and red-plum flavors hold long on the finish. Drink or hold.