2018 Artadi Vinas de Gain
The 2018 Artadi Vina de Gain matured for 12 months in French oak. Complex, aromatic wine. Intense, bright cherry red color. In the nose a lot of red fruit and black berries, roasted, balsamic nuances, exotic wood and a hint of licorice. Fresh on the attack, well structured and balanced, fine and elegant tannins, catchy, lingering finish. 93/100 Parker points.
Sturdy with a very nice aftertaste. An absolute must for the Rioja enthusiast. Robert Parker speaks of one of the better quality Riojas currently available In the medieval village of Laguardia, the future of La Rioja has developed in the cellars of Artadi. Without a doubt, this masterpiece is due to the brilliant and creative work of Juan Carlos López, who is today assisted by his son Carlos. When Juan Carlos turned the cooperative into an independent 'bodega' in 1992, he had already been in charge of it for 7 years. His vision was revolutionary and completely destroyed Rioja, but in no time he managed to make the best of Spain's wines, which immediately conquered the whole world. The short pruning of the vineyards resulting in very small yields, and the use of French oak barrels were just some of his innovative ideas. Even more important was the 'early' bottling of his wines, as opposed to the traditional riojas, which were sometimes kept in large wooden 'foudres' for up to 10 years. With this he also deliberately took a step aside from the Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva classification.
All wines in their range are made exclusively from the Tempranillo grape, which was born in Rioja and can also give the best quality here. The range includes 3 wines in which Viñas de Gain is their base wine. This wine is the great example of the best Rioja wines and is often used as a reference point. Without a doubt the best quality wine for its price!!
For Pagos Viejos , only the best grapes from the old vineyards are selected, which come from the best terroirs from all over Rioja. It is therefore no wonder that this wine is a true explosion of fruit, structure and elegant tannins. This wine owes its perfect balance to the 14 months of oak barrel aging. Only in the greatest years is this selection made into a superior Grandes Añadas .
Viña el Pison comes from a unique plot of 2.4 hectares where the subsoil and the location of the vineyard to the sun are exceptional tenors. With an average age of 65 years, the vines give nothing but the very best, but unfortunately also very limited, which makes this whopper so unique!
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|