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Norte Rioja by Bodegas Pujanza 2013

Norte Rioja

by Bodegas Pujanza 2013

Producer : Bodegas Pujanza

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The Pujanza 2013 Norte is Tempranillo cropped from the Finca Norte vineyard. It's really called San Román, but they couldn't use that name; the nickname people apply to it is north, because of the strong north winds that make it very healthy and somehow cool. It's a 2.7-hectare plot on clay and limestone soils, where the limestone mother rock is at some 50 centimeters from the surface. The vineyard is north-facing and located at an altitude of 720 meters. Fermentation was in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, the same as malolactic. There are notes of beef blood intermixed with wild red acid berries and flowers, with good freshness. The upbringing was 14 months in French barriques. The palate is extremely fresh, but combining high acidity with incredible power. There is less difference in the vintages in this Norte than in the Finca Valdepoleo, here it feels like the vineyard--besides being smaller--is more consistent; the character of the place also seems to be stronger than the style of the vintage. Not really easy to decide between this 2013 and the 2014." - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate

99 points - Proensa Guide 2017

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodegas Pujanza
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 13.5% alc./vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2013
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Tempranillo
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Full
Price of Case $504.00

The Producer

Bodegas Pujanza

Bodegas Pujanza is located in Laguardia, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa and at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria - a place where the altitude is regarded as the limit for grape growing. It is the locale that marks the personality of Pujanza wines - the climate, the soils, the know-how passed from generation to generation.

Carlos San Pedro is the fifth generation of a family of growers. He was born and raised among vines, barrels, vats and fermentation aromas from his ancestors’ winery, located below the family home. At the age of 25 he set up his own bodega. Initially, both the vineyards and the winemaking facilities belonged to the family. Subsequently, goal was to recover the fundamental roots of Rioja, focusing on the terroir, with his own grapes and wines from a single vineyard plot.

In 2001 the first vintage from the current bodega was produced. Pujanza currently operates 40 hectares of vines, all within the boundaries of Laguardia. The aim of Carlos San Pedro is to continue in the search for those special vineyards which are destined to be the source of wines with a personality of their own.

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