2004 Artadi - Vinas de Gain 750ml

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IWC 91   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($27) Ruby-red. Bright, perfumed nose offers sexy raspberry, strawberry and cherry liqueur aromas accented by subtle notes of fresh rose and exotic spices. Lively and brisk, the with tangy acidity providing focus and cut to the pure red fruit flavors. Really delicious wine, with expansive, sweet raspberry and cherry flavors on the zesty, long finish. This can be enjoyed already, but I'd hold it for at least three years.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 128

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/28/2008
Cellar for longer

Rating: 95
Author: Al Patnaude
Tasted On: 03/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2011-2024
It took about 1/2 hour in a decanter before it really started to open up. The nose on it amazingly resembled a Bordeaux (similar to the cedar present in a St Julien - very impressive). The color was inky purple right to the edge of the glass. The wine possesses flavors blackberry jam and black cherry with notes of vanilla from the new oak. The fruit is in balance with the substantial tannins present. However, this wine is very young now and should easily improve over the next five years and will most likely hit its stride in the next 2 or 3 years.

Rating: 94
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/24/2014
Best bottle yet

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

630 bottles owned by 196 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

See other similar producers: Finca Sandoval, Bodegas Uvaguilera

Wine Varietal: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is Spain's noble grape. Grown mostly in northern Spain, some of the best Tempranillo wine comes from the regions of Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. This grape enjoys cooler climates and is sensitive to pests and adverse weather conditions. While Tempranillo can be bottled alone, it is often blended with other Spanish grapes such as Grenache, Carignan, and more recently, Cabernet Sauvignon. Tempranillo is also grown in the Duero region of Portugal where the grapes are commonly blended to make Port. Tempranillo wines may be consumed young, but are regarded as being at their best when aged. There are a multitude of synonyms for Tempranillo depending on where it is grown. Typical descriptors for Tempranillo include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, meat and herbs.

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