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.
External Reviews for Artadi Rioja Viñas de Gain
Bright ruby-red. Complex, musky aromas of creme de mure, currant, licorice and pepper. Sweet, supple and densely packed, with fruit-driven flavors of black raspberry and licorice. Finishes with substantial but thoroughly ripe tannins. A very strong vintage for Artadirsquo;s entry-level Rioja.
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.
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
Thick and rich. Resembles a ripe California red more than a traditional Rioja in color, body and tannin. Smoky, gamy flavors are a bit clumsy, but a plummy core keeps it in balance. Try in 2000.
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.
If this wine were inserted in a blind tasting of 1999 grand cru red Burgundies, many tasters would think it was a Musigny, a wine that sells for $200ndash;$500 a bottle. But this Musigny look-alike is priced at a mere $18. It is made from 100% Tempranillo harvested at yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare (much less than many grand cru red Burgundy vineyards), with a 14-month upbringing in French oak (similar to most grand cru red Burgundies). It boasts a deep, opaque ruby color in addition to gorgeously well-delineated aromas of spring flowers, sweet black cherries, raspberries, and minerals. The wine is elegant, medium-bodied, lush, sweet, and well-balanced with purity, graciousness, and vibrancy. This impeccably made Rioja will drink well for a decade.
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.
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