Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza
There is a solar system of wineries rotating around the ancient walled city of Laguardia in Alavesa, Rioja. At the outer limits is the massive Calatrava-designed Bodega Ysios. The inner rings of wineries include Artadi and Palacio and Pujanza. Even at the sunfilled center of town lies Bodega El Fabulista, and it’s narrow underground tunnels.
Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza is new by Rioja standards, having been founded in 1998. They own four vineyards near Laguardia. Finca Valdepoleo, Finca Norte, Finca Valcabada, and San Juan de Anteportalatina. Each of the vineyards is bottled separately, have an extraordinary reputation, and priced accordingly.
With the economic difficulties in Spain emerging in the past decade, Pujanza started releasing a lower-priced wine. The Hado is a blend of their 40 hectares of vineyards, from vines 35 years old and younger. Since then it’s been a go-to Rioja for those looking for high-quality and affordable Rioja. Since 2009, we included it in our Advanced Spain Wine Course.
The Wine Review
2015 was an exceptionally warm year, with harvest coming in three weeks early than normal. The low pH and just-ripe skins offer an edgier style than most vintages. Juniper and Belgian chocolate on the nose, with an undercurrent of fresh leather. The palate is an intriguing balance of crisp red fruit and the lushness of a full-bodied red. Red currant and licorice on the finish.
A note about pricing. The overlords at the PLCB claim this bottle was “Quoted at $30” which may be technically true. However, you can expect this bottle to be priced at $20 on the open market.