Grown in the Basque countryside surrounding the small village of Elvillar de Álava, this vineyard was planted in 1960 and covers 8.9-acres La Poza de Ballesteros vineyard sit at an altitude of 1,824 feet above sea-level. A densely-spaced, west-facing vineyard, La Poza contains a nutrient-poor and visually interesting soil type that is comprised of small pebbles with light brown spots and white limestone formations that overlay a dense and rather homogeneous sub-soil mixture of silty-clay and loam - the perfect soil mixture for producing deep and tiny roots. The wine made from La Poza is consistently bold and fruit-forward. As all of the ARTADI vineyards are dry-farmed and maintained naturally, chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used in this unique vineyard site.
92 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "A wine I always find more powerful but somehow simpler, the 2017 La Poza de Ballesteros reveals concentration and ripeness, with round fruit, and perhaps with better freshness from the deeper soils here. It has an expansive palate, exuberant and showy. It's the one where the oak is still perceptible. 2,820 bottles produced. It was bottled in the summer of 2019.”