Arizcuren Finca El Foro Rioja 2021 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
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Arizcuren Finca El Foro Rioja 2021 750ml
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Arizcuren Finca El Foro Rioja 2021

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Category Red Wine
Origin Spain, Rioja, Oriental
Brand Arizcuren
Alcohol/vol 14.5%

Named one of Decanter magazine's 'Rising Stars of Rioja' ~ Javier Arizcuren ~ in his own words, the goal of Spanish winemaker Javier Arizcuren is "To recover the memory of La Rioja Baja and to preserve the wine heritage of our ancestors; bringing the expression of a terroir, the Sierra de Yerga, to the bottle." When Javier Arizcuren took over his family vineyards in 2009, he decided to pursue something no one in his family had done previously: producing wine under the family name. An architect who was designing wineries for others, but also a fifth-generation grape grower, Javier was inspired by the fantastic 16 hectares of mountain vineyards now in his care. He continues to sell some grapes, keeping his most prized parcels for his eponymous project.      

These low-yielding vines, some of which are up to 130 years old at high elevations of 1700-2600’, celebrate the historical wine tradition of Quel and the Sierra de Yerga. Over the last 60 years, many winegrowers have abandoned mountain viticulture, moving down to the fertile low fields, replacing the local grapes with Tempranillo, and in the process damaging the reputation of Rioja Baja (Javier prefers the traditional name to Rioja Oriental). Javier is making a valiant effort to combat this, by seeking out more old vines to save and bottling the terroir of the Sierra de Yerga to raise its reputation. It's working. His wines have garnered early support and rave reviews. 

The grapes are grown organically in Quel, using grazing herds instead of herbicides and pesticides, and vinified with spontaneous fermentation and minimal intervention in his urban winery in Logroño, steps away from his architecture office. We tasted and positively fell in love with this Spaniard's wines.

Javier's Finca El Foro is a very special field blend of Garnacha, Garnacha Gris, Mazuelo and Viura from 0.7 hectares, aged 50 years old at 600 meters on a steep slope. Only 5 cases came into the USA, we are thrilled to offer these bottles. 

Tim Atkin
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This remarkable field blend comes from a 0.7-hectare parcel that was planted in two stages- 45 and 90 years ago. Based on Garnacha, with the remaining 20% made up of Garnacha, Garnacha Gris, Miguel de Arco and Viura. Perfumed and delicate, with fennel and licorice aromas, plum and red cherry fruit, subtle wood and spicy, savory tannins. Essence of the Rioja Oriental. Drink 2024-2032.

James Suckling
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An elegant and poised red with dark berries, currants, bay leaves and garrigue. Medium- to- full-bodied with fine tannins. Round and harmonious with a focused, racy finish. Drink or hold.

Wine Advocate
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The single-vineyard 2021 Finca El Foro comes from a field blend of five varieties at 600 meters in altitude: 60% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo and 10% other varieties (Viura, Garnacha Gris, Miguel de Arco) fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in used French oak barrels for 20 months. It has a different nose with notes of soy sauce, licorice, earth and flowers. It has 14.5% alcohol with mellow acidity despite the cooler year. The tannins are fine and give it a chalky finish. 2,243 bottles were filled in October 2022.

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