What’s in a name
Tartalo comes from the ancient Basque mythology. An old world Oxer likes to escape to and which he aims to express
in his wines and in images. Tartalo is the name of an enormously strong one-eyed Basque giant. The quote on the back label is from the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch: “From my rotting body flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”
87% Tempranillo, 10% Viura, 3% Graciano
Somo is a vineyard of 0,7 ha located in Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa) that dates from the year 1920. It reaches an altitude of 600
metres and the soil is composed of calcareous clay with a high limestone content. A mixed plot of Tempranillo, Viura and Graciano bush vines that only yields 3000 kg per hectare.
The fermentation of the hand-picked and destemmed grapes is carried out in open vat (1000 litre) and open barrels using indigenous yeast. The malolactic fermentation takes place in French barriques and in a 47mm thick Stockinger barrel of 600 litre. The wine remains
in oak for 12 months for ageing.
Tartalo is characterized by its incredible structure and elegant flavours. Pronounced, fine-grained, velvety tannins balanced by flavours of black cherry, bramble and black plum. Herbal notes (thyme) and sweet spices. Rustic tones (leather) in the background. And an enourmous long and chalky finish.