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Artadi - Rioja DOC - Viña El Pison - Rouge - 2018

Characteristics

Country / Region: Spain

Vintage: 2018

Name: Rioja DOC

Grape variety: 100% Tempranillo

Alcohol: 14.5 vol.

Color: Red

Capacity: 75 cl

AWARDS

Guide Parker : 99/100

Wine:

The 2018 red Rioja DOC is arguably one of the most refined vintages in its history. Subtle, elegant, and almost enigmatic, it may seem austere at this youthful stage, but this grand wine is poised to reinforce its legendary status in the coming years. The ultra-refined texture of its tannins, the impeccable balance, and the long, precise finish all contribute to a superb wine. It has been rated an impressive 99/100 by Parker.

Vinification:

Harvested by hand, aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

Color:

Intense cherry red.

Nose:

Full-bodied at first, then revealing a subtle, elegant aspect through spicy, red-fruit notes.

Palate:

Silky and lively, this cuvée with its refined tannins is harmonious on the palate with a long, pure and precise finish.

Temperature:

Decant before serving, between 16 and 18°C.

Food and wine pairing:

Prime rib, leg of lamb, poultry.

Cellar aging:

From now until 2050.

Robert Parker firmly believes that Artadi produces "one of the greatest wines of Spain and the world." The estate, sprawling across 80 hectares in the Basque part of Rioja Alavesa, known as Alava, is one of the rare bodegas to have repeatedly achieved the perfect score of 100/100.

This esteemed Spanish institution crafts wines that are internationally renowned for their unmatched elegance and finesse. This legendary quality is credited to one of Spain's most brilliant and innovative visionaries, Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle.

His iconic cuvée, Viña El Pison, emerges from the most spectacular namesake plot in the vineyard. Here, in 1945, his grandfather Jenaro San Pedro Carrera hand-planted 2.4 hectares of Tempranillo. While the former flax mill that once stood on the site has disappeared (pison refers to the hammer used in flax processing), its legacy lives on in this extraordinary wine. The wine features impeccably smooth tannins and perfectly ripe fruit, a hallmark of Juan Carlos Lopez’s style.