2008 Artadi - Pagos Viejos 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Ruby-red. Cherry-vanilla, black raspberry and candied flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Plush and expansive, with hefty dark berry and bitter cherry flavors, along with suggestions of cola and mocha. A spicy note adds bite to the finish, which is firmed by supple, harmonious tannins. Very successful for this difficult, uneven vintage.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 164

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Average rating: 94, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

78 bottles owned by 17 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.

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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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