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2014 Artadi - Vina El Pison (Reserva)

SPAIN / LA RIOJA /
  • 97 WA
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Tempranillo
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SKU: 73402-2014-750-1A
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 99

    Amazing aromas of crushed berry with bark, dark tea and blueberry undertones. Violets and lilac too. Full body, yet agile and vivid with dense and beautiful tannins. Licorice and light tar finish. Endless. Drink in 2020.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    If all of the unbottled 2014s felt a little closed and backward, the case of the 2014 Vina El Pison was even more so; this is a wine that tends to be reticent in its youth. As the winery left the Rioja appellation at the end of 2015, all of the 2014s will be sold without appellation. They didn't have new labels to show, but most likely they will not mention anything other than the province (Alava) and Spain. This should have been bottled a few days before I tasted it, but a problem with some corks prevented them from doing it and what I tasted was a final sample from tank with all of the adjustments already done. 2014 is a slightly more generous vintage than 2013 with rounder tannins that provide a more dynamic sensation. The nose was ungiving and even after a couple of hours in the glass the wine hadn't moved much. There are subtle notes from the elevage that suggest that some time in bottle should do it good, but it's still quite primary. So you have to guide yourself by the palate at this point in time. I think the main difference with the wines from ten years ago is the integration of the oak. This now feels purer and more elegant, better balanced and possibly with a brighter future in bottle. I had encountered a bottle of 2004 a few months ago and it still showed excess oak. 6,600 bottles.
    Author: Luis Gutierrez
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  • Of this esteemed winery, importer Eric Solomon writes: "Artadi is about purity of extracted fruit with almost Burgundian textures. In fact, critics have often compared these wines to the top wines of Chambolle-Musigny and other top appellations of Burgundy. They are some of the most extraordinary examples of Tempranillo in the world."

    Winemaker Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle turned this former small cooperative into a Tempranillo powerhouse on the solid foundation of his elegant wines. Since the mid-1990s, when de la Calle took control of the property, it has grown to include 75 ha of vineyards in the high altitude, chalky soils of Rioja. French oak complements the mineral-laden fruit in the top cuvees.

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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 48 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors