Artadi Rioja Viñas de Gain 2007
In the heart of Rioja Alavesa Artardi owns seventy hectares of vineyards located on soils with wide and diverse geological peculiarities. These vineyards provide these wines with singularity and personality; freshness of fruit and smooth tannins are their special qualities. Both in the vineyard and the cellar, all efforts are focused to obtain the maximum complexity and balance in these wines. The style of this Rioja is characterised by a strong impression of red fruits and spices in perfect harmony with the flavours of barrel ageing. It shows a wonderful, deep crimson red, with herbal, and smoky nuances. This lovely, mouth-filling wine has fantastic age potential, and is a wonderful match for hearty meat and pasta dishes.
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This terrific wineryrsquo;s 2003 Vinas de Gain is a 100% old vine Tempranillo from their high altitude vineyard sites in Rioja Alavesa. A superb entry level effort, it reminded me of the famed Pomerol, lrsquo;Evangile. Wonderful scents of black raspberries, sweet cherries, smoke, truffles, and earth soar from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-hued 2003. Ripe and elegant, with beautiful purity, superb intensity, and a long, smooth finsh, it is a glorious Rioja to enjoy over the next 5ndash;7 years.
Bright, fresh ruby-red. Very primary aromas of crushed berries and rose petal. Lively and fruit-driven, with flavors of crushed red currant and spices. Offers a supple texture and enticing sweetness. Finishes with firm edged, mounting tannins and a suggestion of baking spices.
The 2001 Vinas de Gain (100% Tempranillo) is a fabulous effort for the price (one of the best buys in the marketplace). Aged in French oak casks (about 40% new) for 12ndash;14 months, it boasts a deep purple color to the rim as well as a perfume of raspberries, blackberries, crushed stones, and white flowers. With extraordinary precision, definition, and finesse, great elegance, wonderful sweetness, medium body, and a gorgeously textured finish, it caresses the palate, offering considerable personality and overall symmetry. It will drink beautifully for 7ndash;8 years. A brilliant effort, itrsquo;s a steal at $20.
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, with tangy acidity providing focus and cut to the pure fruit flavors. Really delicious wine, with expansive, sweet raspberry and cherry flavors on the zesty, long finish. This can be enjoyed already, but Irsquo;d hold it for at least three years.
Purpurrote Farbe. In der Nase Holznoten, Frucht, Heidelbeere, Brombeere mit blumigen Nuancen. Am Gaumen ein voller, fruchtiger, blumiger mit schöner Balance und gut strukturiert. Beim Finish lang, vollmundig und mit viel Frucht.
Medium garnet hue. An ethereal nose offers mouth-watering aromas of dried blackberry, mace, clove, and vanilla incense. The palate showcases Bordelaise elegance with dried cherry, black licorice and a hint of tar, followed by a back note of oolong te... Neil Mechanic. A Tempranillo wine from Rioja in Spain. 2007 Artadi Rioja Vinas de Gain 750ml
No one produced more complex, concentrated, age worthy Riojas than Artadi. Readers who are unable to locate and afford their two expensive cuvees should check out the 1,500 cases that made it to the United States of the sensational 1998 Vinas de Gain. A selection from three hillside parcels where the wine average 40 years, and are bottled after 18 months in French oak (no filtration), it is an elegant, stylish effort with terrific fruit, a sweet, complex nose of black cherries, minerals, lead pencil, spice box, and vanilla. Made from 100% Tempranillo, it possesses an impressive texture, medium to full body, and beautiful balance as well as purity. It is a wine to drink now and over the next 10ndash;12 years.