2004 Artazu - Santa Cruz de Artazu 750ml

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2004 Artazu - Santa Cruz de Artazu
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($35; 100% garnacha, from vines reportedly 80 to 100 years old) Deep ruby. Powerful, ripe, spicy scents of cherry, cured meat and cracked pepper. Very intense on the palate, with the cherry flavor framed by solid but not strident tannins. Finishes youthfully taut, with a repeating pepper note and impressive length. Give this some cellar time, or decant it for an hour. (European Cellars, Charlotte, NC)

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 128

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Score: 91
Author: Oenosopher
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/11/2007
Site Blog: St. Henry Brewery - brewing 'til the bitter end! Dark ruby, purple color. Pleasant but restrained nose of cassis, lavender and leather. Initially an intense burst of plums and tannins slowly evolve into a blueberry and blackberry medley on the mid-palate, with enticing hints of violet. Tannins live long and overstimulate the receptors, which suggests a few more years in the cellar before reaching its peak, but by no means is it shabby if you have to raid your stash for some good times.

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Score: 97
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Score: 88
Author: Chris P354
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/20/2007
Jennifer liked it more than I did. Seemed a little one-dimensional. Lots of grape, but not much spice or earthy flavors.

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About This Producer


Created by Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle, of Artadi fame, this estate is located in the Navarra region of northern Spain, bound by the Pyrenees to the north and the Ebro river valley to the south. What really shines here is the purity of fruit balanced with intensity and elegant, rounded tannins. Artazu wines tend to be wonderfully approachable when young.



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