Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, owner and winemaker of Artadi, is recognised as one of the greatest names in the business in Spain. The winery was once a co-operative of 13 growers who owned well-sited vineyards around the town of Laguardia in the Alavesa wine region of Rioja. Juan Carlos saw the potential of these wonderful vineyards and purchased the Bodega, immediately amending the philosophy and style of winemaking. The winemaking is modern with an emphasis upon fruit driven wines, characterised by the terroir of individual vineyard sites – a far cry from the philosophy of traditional Rioja producers. French oak is used, not American, allowing the principle variety, Tempranillo, eloquent natural expression
What The Critics Say
90/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez (2014 vintage)
"The first non-DO bottling of the entry-level red is the 2014 Tempranillo, a varietal wine from a number of plots, many of them previously used for Viñas de Gaín (as Viñas de Gaín gets grapes that were previously used for Pagos Viejos). They use the younger vines for this label and also grapes from plots that do not have enough character to be included in other cuvées. As with all of the reds, the grapes are destemmed and in this case fermented in stainless steel and matured in well-seasoned barriques for one year. This is very clean and straightforward, without any excess and perfectly integrated oak, with more red than black fruit. The palate is very round and polished, with good acidity and a fine texture, terribly drinkable and recognizable as Rioja. Some 75,000 bottles produced; they are reducing quantities in this wine as they are getting rid of some of these vineyards to focus on the better ones."
90/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds (2012 vintage)
"Brilliant ruby. Aromas of ripe dark berries and candied rose, with subtle pipe tobacco and white pepper nuances emerging with aeration. Supple, sweet and broad on the palate, offering intense blackberry and cherry flavors that tighten up on the back half. A spine of juicy acidity provides lift and drives the long, gently tannic finish."
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