Producer: Bodegas Bagordi
An unassuming bodega just outside Andosilla, Bagordi has been fully organic since 1997 and produces about half a million litres per year.
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The vines are grown on the plateau to the north, all of them in the Rioja Baja. The soils are poor and natural vegetation sparse and scrubby. Tellingly, nothing is planted across their northern boundary – in Navarra. Owner Luis Carcar is very ‘hands-on’ with the vineyard, while the style of wines owes much to non-intervention wine making, long macerations and cold fermentations. Acidity is correspondingly quite high, with marked freshness in the wines. The wines are quite dark often with a relatively high proportion of Graciano in the blend.