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Review Arizcuren 2019 Rioja Monte Gatun, Spain
Arizcuren 2019 Rioja Monte Gatun, Spain
This is an easy drinking Rioja from higher elevation vineyards in the Oriental subregion. It’s smooth and pretty with the red tempranillo fruit taking the lead role and the oak aging only softening the wine. This wine screams for some grilled lamb chops
Well-known and highly respected architect turned winegrower, Javiar Arizcuren is one of Rioja Oriental’s most exciting new talents. With the help of his father, Javiar spends his “spare time” focused on rescuing high-, ancient Grenache and Mazuelo (the local name for Carignana), on vineyards that managed to survive both phylloxera, and the trend of replacing historic vines with Tempranillo, an early-ripening grape that is only a small part of this region’s history despite its dominance today. His experience with architecture leads him down rabbit holes of possibility and experimentation (a rarity in this often predictable and extremely conservative wine region), so that he may better understand the aesthetic of each site and build on its strengths using various fermentation and techniques.
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