Oriol Artigas in a tank of fermenting 2019 vintage Garnatxa Tinta (August 2019).

Oriol Artigas 2019 Arrivals

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I'm always excited for the arrival of Oriol Artigas' wines. Especially since my visit with him in August 2019, these wines are particularly special to me. Oriol is a uniquely thoughtful winemaker, and the vineyards that he tends are living relics from Catalunya's past. I don't want to repeat observations about the character of these wines from the past few articles that we've done about them. They're natural wines, made carefully by hand and without additives by a diligent team of  winegrowers and winemakers led by Oriol himself.The winery is tiny, with just a single grape press, some old barrels, and stainless steel tanks. The grapes come from meticulously rehabilitated, organically farmed old vineyards that feature an abundance of nearly lost grape varieties. The area, Alella, is so close to Barcelona that you can see the city from the heights of the steeply sloped granitic vineyards. 

The winery.

2019 was a much easier and warmer vintage in Alella than 2018: the spring was temperate, and nearly perfect, while the summer was warmer than usual and quite dry. The year's warmth can be felt in the wines, which are a bit more filled out and a bit bolder than the years previous. Perhaps the easy harvest contributed to their early drinking character: all of the wines were fresh, open, and very approachable when I tasted them at the end of January. It might be Oriol's must successful vintage yet. Unfortunately, there is some bad news: quantites of the 2019 wines are no larger than they've been in the past, and the 2020 vintage was catastrophic, as Oriol lost a large percentage of his grapes. If you enjoy Oriol Artigas's wines, or want to try them, I urge you to move fast, as I doubt that we will have any more than we are offering today.

In the vines by the winery at Mas Pelilsser.

In addition to the wines of the 2019 vintage, I'm pleased to say that we have a small numberof back vintage bottles to offer, mainly from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 vintages. I've tasted a number of these wines relatively recently, and all are showing very well with a bit of time in bottle.

All wines will arrive in store by Wednesday February 10th.

Ben Fletcher

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Rauxa Pet Nat

Oriol Artigas took a new approach to La Rauxa, his Pansa Blanca pet-nat, in 2019, and it certainly paid off! Made from Pansa Blanca grapes next to his winery in Alella, La Rauxa shows classic Pansa Blanca minerality paired with the lightheartedness of pet-nat. The nose is saline and enticing, the bubbles are tiny and jubilant, and the palate is all peach, lime, salt and granite spice. My favorite methode ancestrale wine that I’ve tasted recently.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Prats

La Prats comes from a tiny 100+ year-old vineyard on granite and limestone soils next to the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyard is planted to at least 16 different grape varieties, and Oriol harvests the vineyard all together each year with his friends on the National Day of Catalunya, September 11th. The grapes are pressed, allowed to macerate on their skins for about a day, then cofermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The blend of white and red grapes gives this wine a pale pink color, somewhere close to rosé. The 2019 La Prats is elegant and delicately aromatic, showing notes of white flowers, raspberries, lemon and apple on the nose. The palate is bright and fresh, with red apple skin, lemon juice, pomegranate, and salty minerality. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Prats Magnum 1.5L

La Prats comes from a tiny 100+ year-old vineyard on granite and limestone soils next to the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyard is planted to at least 16 different grape varieties, and Oriol harvests the vineyard all together each year with his friends on the National Day of Catalunya, September 11th. The grapes are pressed, allowed to macerate on their skins for about a day, then cofermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The blend of white and red grapes gives this wine a pale pink color, somewhere close to rosé. The 2019 La Prats is elegant and delicately aromatic, showing notes of white flowers, raspberries, lemon and apple on the nose. The palate is bright and fresh, with red apple skin, lemon juice, pomegranate, and salty minerality. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Perla

2019 is the debut vintage of La Perla, a new single vineyard 100% Pansa Blanca wine from Oriol Artigas. The site clearly had high potential: 71-year-old vines nestled in the woods (wild boars and birds eat a good portion of the fruit before it makes it into the cellar!), on an east facing slope, but up until this vintage the fruit went towards the La Rumbera blend. Oriol’s been working to recuperate the vineyard using organic and biodynamic agriculture, and finally felt that La Perla was ready to shine on its own this year. And it is shining: the nose is immediately vividly aromatic with notes of white flowers, linen, and citrus. The palate is sapid and refreshing, with notes of lemon juice, pear, and apple flesh around a salt, mineral core. Similar to Oriol’s other Pansa Blanca sites, the La Perla vineyard is tended and harvested by hand, the grapes are pressed, macerated on the skins (for 12 days in this vintage), and aged in stainless steel.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Canya

The blend for La Canya in 2019 is slightly different from in 2018, emphasizing Godello over Garnatxa Blanca – about half of the grapes for this wine are Godello, the other half a blend of Pansa Blanca, Garnatxa Blanca and Picpoll, form younger vines around Oriol Artigas’ winery. The grapes are entirely destemmed, spend two days on the skins, and then rest for seven months on the lees. There’s a certain savory seriousness to the wine in this vintage, with notes of beeswax, lemon zest, and apple on the nose. The palate is bold, fleshy, almost waxy, with notes of apple, quince, and salt around a very mineral core that leads into a long, spicy finish. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Bestia

La Bestia comes from 99-year-old vines of Pansa Blanca planted on the southwest-facing slope of an amphitheater vineyard that looks down on the city of Barcelona. Here, across from the La Bella vineyard, the soils are dominantly slate and schist with some granite. Although the two vineyards are adjacent, La Bella and La Bèstia are quite different wines, with Bèstia being typically more muscular and broader. Vinification is very similar to La Bella: manual harvesting, native yeast fermentation, and gentle skin contact (12 days for the 2019). This is a great vintage for La Bèstia. The wine is exuberantly aromatic, with a nose of salt, granite spice, lemon juice and peach flesh and a precisely textured palate of lemon, rock salt, granite, and nectarine.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Bestia Magnum 1.5L

La Bestia comes from 99-year-old vines of Pansa Blanca planted on the southwest-facing slope of an amphitheater vineyard that looks down on the city of Barcelona. Here, across from the La Bella vineyard, the soils are dominantly slate and schist with some granite. Although the two vineyards are adjacent, La Bella and La Bèstia are quite different wines, with Bèstia being typically more muscular and broader. Vinification is very similar to La Bella: manual harvesting, native yeast fermentation, and gentle skin contact (12 days for the 2019). This is a great vintage for La Bèstia. The wine is exuberantly aromatic, with a nose of salt, granite spice, lemon juice and peach flesh and a precisely textured palate of lemon, rock salt, granite, and nectarine.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Bella

The grapes for La Bella come from a very steep, northeast-facing vineyard of centenarian Pansa Blanca vines. The vineyard resembles an amphitheater that opens onto beautiful views of Barcelona. The La Bèstia and La Bella vineyards face each other but yield quite different wines. Here, the soils are sandy and full of granite stones. Oriol and his friends tend the steep vineyard by hand, and the grapes from this plot are pressed, macerated on their skins for roughly two weeks, and raised in stainless steel tanks and used barrels. In the warm 2019 vintage, La Bella shows a bit bolder and a bit denser than in previous years but retains its signature minerality. The nose shows granite spice, sea salt, lemon zest, and yellow apple skin, which the palate echoes with notes of lemon, apple, pear around a firm mineral spine leading to a long, granitic finish. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Bella Magnum 1.5L

The grapes for La Bella come from a very steep, northeast-facing vineyard of centenarian Pansa Blanca vines. The vineyard resembles an amphitheater that opens onto beautiful views of Barcelona. The La Bèstia and La Bella vineyards face each other but yield quite different wines. Here, the soils are sandy and full of granite stones. Oriol and his friends tend the steep vineyard by hand, and the grapes from this plot are pressed, macerated on their skins for roughly two weeks, and raised in stainless steel tanks and used barrels. In the warm 2019 vintage, La Bella shows a bit bolder and a bit denser than in previous years but retains its signature minerality. The nose shows granite spice, sea salt, lemon zest, and yellow apple skin, which the palate echoes with notes of lemon, apple, pear around a firm mineral spine leading to a long, granitic finish. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella El Rall

Oriol Artigas organically farms 7.5 hectares of very old vines in Alella, just north of Barcelona. His approach in the vineyard is  low-impact, influenced by biodynamics: he does not do much pruning, encourages the growth of supportive plants among the vines, and follows the lunar calendar. El Rall is a new bottling from Oriol, from old vines of Merlot, Syrah, Garnatxa and Sumoll, vinified in stainless steel, some macerated whole cluster and some pressed directly, bottled without fining, filtering, or any additions. El Rall shows pretty green notes from the Merlot alongside bright and refreshing red and purple fruit and a bit of Syrah spice. At 12.5%, this bottling is more substantial and dense than Oriol's other red wines, but still refreshing and cooling, with delicate tannins. Serve with a bit of a chill. Ben Fletcher

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella El Ginjol

Oriol Artigas made El Ginjol, a blend of 80% destemmed Pansa Blanca and 20% whole cluster Garnatxa Tinta, for his newborn son, Sam. ‘Ginjol’ is the Catalan name of the Jujube or red date, and it is a sweet, popular fruit in Catalonia and Mallorca where “as happy as a ginjol” is a common saying. And this is a happy, refreshing wine. The nose shows red apple skin and strawberries, while the palate is racy and bright, with notes of pear, strawberry, pomegranate, and salt.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Ramiru

Ramiru is a conferment of 60% Garnatxa Blanca, 20% Garnatxa Tinta, and 20% Jaque (a hybrid grape variety) from 39-year-old vines in a cool area of a Alella. The color of peach flesh in the glass, this shows apple, cherry, strawberry and apricot notes on the nose and on the salty, refreshing palate. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Ramiru Magnum 1.5L

Ramiru is a conferment of 60% Garnatxa Blanca, 20% Garnatxa Tinta, and 20% Jaque (a hybrid grape variety) from 39-year-old vines in a cool area of a Alella. The color of peach flesh in the glass, this shows apple, cherry, strawberry and apricot notes on the nose and on the salty, refreshing palate. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Bardissots La Grita

Oriol Artigas collaborates with his friends and former students, Pepe and Pilar, on the Bardissots project: this wine comes from a vineyard of 80-year-old Parellada near Montblanc (outside of Allela) that belongs to Pilar's family. This year’s expression of La Grita shows floral notes and salt and lemon juice on the nose. The palate is bright and expressive, with ripe citrus, apple, and plenty of minerality. A lovely wine, and much more approachable than last year’s oxidative expression. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Besavia

The grapes for Besavia come from an 80-year-old vineyard planted with at least 8 different grape varieties (white and red) on granitic sandy soils. The grapes are all harvested together, by hand, then fermented whole-cluster and left to macerate with the skins for 11 days before resting in stainless steel tank. Last year this was one of my favorite wines of the vintage, and this year there’s very little of it. Sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Besavia Magnum 1.5L

The grapes for Besavia come from an 80-year-old vineyard planted with at least 8 different grape varieties (white and red) on granitic sandy soils. The grapes are all harvested together, by hand, then fermented whole-cluster and left to macerate with the skins for 11 days before resting in stainless steel tank. Last year this was one of my favorite wines of the vintage, and this year there’s very little of it. Sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Beier

Oriol Artigas, together with Pepe and Pilar under the Bardissots label, bottles the only 100% Beier wine in the world, from the only vineyard of the variety that is left anywhere. Well, the older gentleman who owns the vineyard also makes some wine from it, for his own personal consumption - but other than that, this is it. Beier means bee-house, and the history of the grape is likely intertwined with beekeeping. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented whole-cluster, then left on the skins for about 14 days, before resting in stainless steel. The 2019 vintage suited Beier very well: the nose is delicate red and purple flowers, cherries and raspberries with a hint of green fennel, and the palate follows with raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate framed with delicate tannins and granitic minerality. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella Bardissots Beier Magnum 1.5L

Oriol Artigas, together with Pepe and Pilar under the Bardissots label, bottles the only 100% Beier wine in the world, from the only vineyard of the variety that is left anywhere. Well, the older gentleman who owns the vineyard also makes some wine from it, for his own personal consumption - but other than that, this is it. Beier means bee-house, and the history of the grape is likely intertwined with beekeeping. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented whole-cluster, then left on the skins for about 14 days, before resting in stainless steel. The 2019 vintage suited Beier very well: the nose is delicate red and purple flowers, cherries and raspberries with a hint of green fennel, and the palate follows with raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate framed with delicate tannins and granitic minerality. 

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella La Rumbera Blanco

Oriol Artigas organically farms 7.5 hectares of very old vines in Alella, just north of Barcelona. His approach in the vineyard is  low-impact, influenced by biodynamics: he does not do much pruning, encourages the growth of supportive plants among the vines, and follows the lunar calendar. La Rumbera comes from a selection of vineyards of old-vine Pansa Blanca, which are hand-harvested together. The grapes are destemmed, crushed, and allowed to ferment with 20% skin inclusion in stainless steel. There's no use of additives or sulfur in Oriol's small, manually operated cellar. The resulting wines are full of character: influenced by the granitic soils and marine air, and showing a slight skinsy body, there's a tension between textural richness and mineral-driven freshness.

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Oriol Artigas 2019 Alella 3 Porcs! Magnum 1.5L

3 Porcs is a collaboration between Oriol Artigas, Francesc Ferre from Cellar Frisach, and Alberto Domingo of Celler Tuets. They each contribute some fruit every year and bottle it with this label. In 2019, Oriol Artigas contributed Pansa Blanca and Garnatxa Tinta, Francesc Ferre contributed Parellada and Carinena, and Alberto Domingo contributed Macabeu and Moscatel. Exciting! I haven’t been able to try this, but I’m looking forward to it. 

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Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Prats

La Prats comes from a tiny 100+ year-old vineyard on granite and limestone soils next to the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyard is planted to at least 16 different grape varieties, and Oriol harvests the vineyard all together each year with his friends on the National Day of Catalunya, September 11th. The grapes are then pressed, allowed to macerate on their skins for about a day, then cofermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. The blend of white and red grapes gives this wine a pale pink color, somewhere close to rosé. The nose shows delicate notes of pomegranate, citrus and fennel. The palate is denser than the color perhaps suggests, with salty minerality, citrus and pomegranate balanced by gentle tannins and refreshing acidity. As always, a fascinating wine! Ben Fletcher

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Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella La Bella

The grapes for La Bella come from a very steep, north-facing vineyard of Pansa Blanca that resembles an amphitheater with beautiful views of Barcelona. The vines in this vineyard are very old in general, and those in the La Bella plot were planted around 78 years ago. The vineyard for La Bèstia faces the vineyard for La Bella directly, but the wines show surprisingly different characters. The soils are sandy and granitic here on the Mediterranean-facing side of the mountains. The vineyard is  manually tended and harvested, and the grapes from this plot are pressed, macerated on their skins for 11 days, and raised in stainless steel tanks. The 2018 La Bella is a tremendous success, with delicate white flower and lemon zest on the nose leading to a highly mineral, granitic palate with fascinating and finely tuned textures owing to acid and tannin. The finish is long and intense, with granitic broadness, salt, and citrus all playing a major role. Very good! Ben Fletcher

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Oriol Artigas 2018 Alella 3 Porcs! 1.5L

3 Porcs! is an annual (magnum-only!) collaboration between Oriol, Francesc Ferre from Cellar Frisach, and Albert Domingo Navarro of Celler Tuets. This year, it is a blend of equal parts Tempranillo (from Albert), Carignan (from Francesc) and Pansa Blanca (from Oriol). This is the only wine of the line-up that I've not been able to try, but I will report back when I get the chance! Ben Fletcher

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Oriol Artigas 2017 Alella La Bestia

La Bèstia is Pansa Blanca from a very steep west-facing vineyard called Vinya d'En Mundu. Soils here are Gneiss, and vines are almost 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and there is roughly a week of skin contact, but Oriol doesn't pump over or punch down, preferring an infusion style. Since the berries have very thick skins, he didn't want to extract too much tannin during maceration. There's a subtle oxidative lean to the wine, mixed with the characteristic saline quality inherent to Pansa Blanca. Delicate, but enveloping and layered with light tannin, and a mineral finish. Hold for one year if possible, as I believe this wine will benefit greatly from a bit more time in bottle.   Eben Lillie

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Oriol Artigas 2017 Alella La Bella

Pansa Blanca from the Vinya d'En Costa vineyard, this is the companion wine to La Bestia. The vineyards for the two wines are quite close together, but La Bestia comes from South-West/West facing parcel on Gneiss, while La Bella is from a sandy Granitic site that faces North. There's twice as much skin contact here (12 days vs. 5 days for La Bestia), but the wine is perhaps more delicate and perfumed, and is lower in alcohol (mostly due to exposition). 10 months aging in stainless steel. The granite from this site lends the wine a crystalline minerality and vibrant spice that lingers in the mouth. Though it feels almost like tannin in the finish, it's actually the granite from this site giving structure and grip to the wine. A lovely and complex Pansa Blanca. I highly recommend aging this wine for at least a year if possible.  Eben Lillie

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Oriol Artigas 2016 Alella La Bestia

La Bèstia is Pansa Blanca from a very steep, west-facing vineyard called Vinya d'En Mundu. Soils here are Gneiss, and vines are almost 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and there are five days of skin contact, but Oriol doesn't pump over or punch down, preferring an infusion style. Since the berries have very thick skins, he didn't want to extract too much tannin during maceration. There's a subtle oxidative lean to the wine, mixed with the characteristic saline quality inherent to Pansa Blanca. Delicate, but enveloping and layered with light tannin, and a mineral finish.Tasting this again in November of 2019, it has come together really beautifully - showing more stability and more intensity. A great expression of Pansa Blanca with skin contact.

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Oriol Artigas 2013 Catalonia Peca d'en Blanch Tinto Vinyes Velles

A radically different style of wine from Oriol, showing the way he worked when he started making wine. This is a bold Catalan Garnatxa, showing nicely now with some bottle age.

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