Artazu is the name of the Navarra winery belonging to Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle from Artadi in Rioja and other partners. They work exclusively with old vine Garnacha and are located in the cooler higher-altitude part of the appellation, in a village called, errY Artazu! The project kicked off in 1996 when they bought ten hectares of over 60-year-old Garnacha. The first vintage produced was 2000. They have now planted three hectares of Garnacha Blanca from the old vines that were interplanted with the red. They only use 500-liter barrels for the Garnacha, and prefer used barrels to new ones.
92/100 Robert Parker (2011 Vintage)
"The 2011 Santa Cruz de Artazu ages in 500-liter oak barrels and is quite dark-coloured, almost black (think Priorats rather than Chateauneuf-du-Pape). This is a powerful Garnacha, with floral and ripe black fruit aromas, notes of graphite, vanilla and a lactic whiff. The palate is very spicy, a little extracted (perhaps the result of a very dry vintage), with grainy tannins, good acidity and a spicy finish, still in need of some bottle-aging. Drink 2015-2019."