This large, family-owned estate draws from 800 hectares of elevated hillside vineyards in some of the best zones of Rioja Baja. Thanks to a combination of the high quality of the grapes from these vineyards and modern vinification cellars, the young, unoaked wines are fresh and vibrant with good richness of fruit for wines at this level. A new barrel ageing cellar was completed in Vintage_2006 as production of the ripe and supple Crianza increases.
Artesa Rioja Tempranillo is made from Tempranillo grapes cultivated in hillside vineyards in the best parts of Rioja Baja. The vineyards are at altitudes around 600 metres above sea level and have clay stone soil with some sandy spots. The drop irrigation method is used in the vineyards. 80% of the vines are trained using the trellis system and 20% are bush trained.
The Tempranillo grapes are crushed and chilled for several hours before fermentation is started. Fermentation is temperature controlled (no higher than 28 degrees Centigrade) and lasts for 15 days with twice daily pumping over.
A youthful, fruity red with ripe, juicy black fruit aromas and hints of sweet spice. The palate is bright and fresh with black fruit and a touch of white pepper. Elegant and balanced with gentle tannins. A hint of liquorice and sour cherry on the finish.