GSN Review: ArteNOM Selección Tequilas

cover13-256x350Imported by San Francisco’s Haas Brothers, Tequila ArteNOM is the first company authorized by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) to bottle tequilas from different distilleries and release them under a single brand name. These limited edition spirits, sourced from different regions within Jalisco, Mexico celebrate the best of tequila craftsmanship by highlighting the agave cultivation altitude, soil and masterful distillation techniques of different producers.

Selección de 1580  Blanco: Rancho El Olvido in Jesús-María (elev. 6,200′) is tequila’s highest altitude distillery, producing small artisan batches of bright, intensely aromatic tequila, owing to porous soil that “stresses” the agave plants to create a rich agave flavor.

Selección de 1414  Reposado:  Tequila Reposado is produced by Master Distiller José Manuel Vivanco at Destileria El Ranchito (elev. 5,400′) in Arandas, Jalisco.  Vivanco has been cultivating highland agave since Mexico’s tumultuous post-revolutionary period of 1919-1929. The family now holds 2,000 acres of estate-grown agave producing a rich, well-balanced spirit.

Selección de 1146  Añejo: ArteNOM “Seleccion de 1146” Tequila Anejo is created by  fifth-generation agave cultivator and master distiller Enrique Fonseca at Casa Tequileña in Atotonilco el Alto (Elev. 4,620′), Jalisco. This Añejo selection is drawn from old French and American oak to create a unique and unforgettable complexity.   Sixty percent of this anejo was matured in French oak for two years, while forty percent was matured in French oak for three years. They were then expertly married together and aged for one more year in American White Oak bourbon barrels.

1580 Blanco (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Notes of caramel, lime, and plenty of agave. Bright, expressive and succulent.
Taste: Salt and pepper up front with a light and somewhat citrusy juiciness.
Finish: Short and quick, with lingering elements of lime.
Overall: A very fresh tequila, absolutely perfect for margaritas or sipping along with traditional Mexican cuisine.
GSN Rating: B+

1414 Reposado (80 proof)
Visual: Very pale gold.
Nose: Oak and mild agave.
Taste: Quite smooth and mellow with a creamy texture.  Notes of chocolate, salted caramel, and sweet corn.
Finish: The flavor overall is of sweetness and that’s the lasting impression given here.  Not a bit of heat or smoke.
Overall: A very fine sipping tequila that has just enough character imparted from the barrel to give it a slight edginess.
GSN Rating: B+

1146 Anejo (80 proof)
Visual: Golden brown.
Nose: Sourdough bread, slight hint of citrus and floral.
Taste: Sweet and oaked, with almost sherry-like indications.  Reminiscent of a warm Autumn afternoon.
Finish: Rich, sweet and enveloping.  Think of a wonderful bread pudding.
Overall: This would make for a splendid tequila old-fashioned.  But, perhaps even better is a snifter on its own.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Del Tequila

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