The Artazu project was created by the legendary winegrower Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle of Rioja's famous Artadi estate. The goal was to take the same quest for varietal purity that Juan seeks in Tempranillo to the Garnacha varietal.
Of the various locales that were investigated, the small village of Artazu in the northernmost zone of Navarra was chosen for its extra-ordinary old vines of Garnacha. The soil is mainly composed of limestone, with alternating layers of chalk and red clay, producing wines of dark, peppery fruit with amazing balance and soft tannins. These are delicious, not-to-be-missed wines.
The 2006 Artazu Artazuri Rosé is a saignée of up to 80 year old vine Garnacha, vinified stainless, aged in tank until spring.