Wines We Love – A Rioja that rocks!

Artesa Organic Rioja 2015, Rioja, Spain

With Easter on the horizon and Spring in the air this month’s ‘Wines We Love’ just had to be a wine to enjoy with Springtime feasts, roasted lamb, a spring hot-pot, all that delicious veg and perhaps even your first BBQ of the year, bring on the sunshine!

A delicious, mid-weight Rioja was the answer. As staunch supporters of family-owned estate, Bodegas Artesa, the bottle has a familiar face but I can assure you it’s a fab new arrival… Meet the tasty Organic sibling of the Artesa Crianza that we know and love.

This flavoursome red is juicy, brambly and savoury. A vibrant 100% Tempranillo with bags of ripe fruit, a layer of comforting creamy vanilla, spice and black pepper in perfect measures and fine integrated tannins. Enjoyably dry, fresh and incredibly moreish, one bottle just won’t be enough!

Bodegas Artesa take top quality fruit from the best zones in Rioja Baja, an exceptionally warm and dry region favouring grape -ripening. Their best vineyards are at high altitude where vines are mature and low-yielding and conditions perfect for growing characterful fruit and organic production. Organic Rioja 2015 is certainly fruit-driven and fresh yet the clever folk at Artesa seek to create a rounded and complex wine, the 6 months of ageing in new American oak certainly does the trick bringing in layers of fine tannin and that sumptuous vanilla.

A lovely new addition at £9.50 a bottle, that’s £8.55 to our wine club members. Superb value for a Rioja that rocks!