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Compañon Arrieta, Rioja Alavesa Herrigoia Tinto

Compañon Arrieta, Rioja Alavesa Herrigoia Tinto

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Producer: Companon Arrieta
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grapes: Tempranillo, Viura, Malvasia

A lighter, younger style Riojo make with 85% Tempranillo and 15% the white-berried varieties, Viura and Malvasia. Fermented with carbonic maceration. Organic farming, minimal intervention in the winemaking.

👁 ruby red

👃🏾 cherry, strawberry and rose water

👅 earthy and spicy Rioja with a rustic flavour; silky tannins and an elegant finish of litchi, hibiscus, and nutmeg

Companon Arrieta Description
Their estate is made up of 4 ha spread across 17 mini parcels, all of which bush pruned vines averaging 50 years of age under organic certification. These vineyards have been in their family for three generations but it wasn’t until 1982 that they built their bodega and started making wine. Unfortunately they weren’t bottling it, but selling it in bulk to some of the bigger houses like CVNE, El Coto, Marqués de Riscal, etc. In 2010, with Gorka and Itxaso at the helm, they started bottling their own wines under the Herrigoia label. The name is a reference to the part of Lanciego where their bodega and most of their vineyards are located. In Basque herri means town and goia means up, translated let’s just say it means uptown higher grounds resulting in fresh wines with great acidity.

As Gorka’s grandfather puts it, there’s two types of soil in Lanciego: white and red. The white being calcareous clay and the red being very old primary soils of calcareous clay with high contents of iron oxide collected on the higher plateaus free of erosion. Generally speaking, the Alavesa sub-region is known for having the poorest soils in Rioja and within it, Lanciego probably the poorest of them all resulting in very low yields but very high quality grapes. It’s young spirits like theirs that are giving Rioja some fresh air and bringing drinkability back to the region. - Zev Rovine