1998 Rioja Vinas de Gain


92Average Score
flagRioja / Spain

No one produces more complex, concentrated, ageworthy 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 vines 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 10-12 years. For $18.00, it is a superb value. Aug 2001, www.robertparker.com

Robert Parker     Score: 92/100

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