Author: Robert Parker
With good argument, Artadi could well be considered the most exciting enterprise in Rioja. This wine is spectacular, but there are just over 100 cases. The wine is 100% Tempranillo grown at high altitudes, raised in French oak, and bottled without filtration. There is an extraordinary elegance and purity, as well as remarkable intensity and symmetry.
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Author: Thomas Matthews
Alluring flavors of raspberry jam and milk chocolate give this red a velvety appeal. Sweet and beautifully textured, with ripe fruit and lavish oak, though a bit short on the finish.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/20/2010
Had to try this again. This bottle thankfully showing much better than the one last week. Lovely aromatics with some brett and funkiness but in a good way. Complex structure with a good dose of dark fruit. Acidity and backbone are present. Flavours build in mouth but the decent finish maybe falls slightly short. I'm sipping this wishing I was having it with food. This is large-scaled and would complement a steak beautifully. As some other taster mentioned, nothing really identifies it as Rioja nor is it classic tempranillo like a Vega Unico. Still, my faith in Artadi has been restored although I'm beginning to wonder whether there's a lot of inconsistency. A recent batch of 4 bottles of 2001 Artadi Grandes Anadas were all over the place. Perhaps highly susceptible to storage conditions? 50+8+9+18+8=93
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