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Average critic rating : 91.0 points
I didn't taste the entry level Tempranillo this time (or the white) , so the first wine this year was the 2012 Viñas de Gaín. All these reds have a similar color, and a harmonious nose with notes of ripe black and blue fruit without excess oak, it feels very well integrated, fresh, with a herbal tone, plenty of cherries and subtle spices. The palate is very accessible, with very fine tannins and good balance, supple and tasty. A noteworthy Viñas de Gaín, very subtle and elegant. Drink now or keep. 150,000 bottles produced.||2012 seems to be e very good vintage for Artadi, ripe and powerful, but with very well-integrated oak, serious wines. For the three wineries they have (Artadi in Rioja, Artazu in Navarra and El Sequé in Alicante), proprietor Juan Carlos López de Lacalle wants to simplify the range of wines, first an entry-level line of local varietal wines, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell, (Tempranillo by Artadi). The second line is village wines (so Viñas de Gaín will disappear as a brand and will be turned into Viñas de Laguadia, Viñas de Leza and Viñas de Elvillar in future vintages, and Pagos Viejos will be turned into a special collector's items) and then single-vineyard wines. In Alicante and Navarra they don't have single-vineyard wines for now, while for Artadi they will continue with the four they offer now. This change will be for the 2014 harvest. Tasting them slowly I came to the conclusion that, following the Burgundian model, the hierarchy of the single vineyards is as follows: El Pisón and El Carretil would be the Grand Crus and Valdeginés and La Poza de Ballesteros would be the 1er Crus. And the big news is, of course, that they are leaving the Rioja appellation before the end of 2015! eRobertParker.com.April, 2015
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