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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Artadi Pagos Viejos 2005
Artadi Pagos Viejos 2005
(search item no. 98280)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine displays a bright and clear cherry color with bright rims. Its ripe fruit, its deep balsamic freshness with cocoa and cakes can be easily appreciated. Retro nasally, one can feel spicy and exotic woods touches. ARTADI Pagos Viejos tannins are silky and ripe, intermingled with fresh ripe fruit: blackberry and blackcurrant. Its finish is amazingly fair and lingering.
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About Artadi:

The Artadi estate was created in 1985 by the dynamic visionary winemaker, Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle. His objective was to seek and nurture the concept that Tempranillo, when cultivated at high altitude, low-cropped, and from old vines, produces extraordinarily rich and profound wines. This, coupled with specific barrel treatments (with minor American oak influences) produces some of Rioja’s best wines.

Artadi is about purity of extracted fruit with almost Burgundian textures. In fact, critics have often compared these wines to the top wines of Chambolle-Musigny and other top appellations of Burgundy. The key to this level of elegance comes from the cold wines of the Pyrenees which blow from the north. This coupled with moderate temperatures tend to make these wines a study in elegance and power, the iron fist in a velvet glove if you will. They are some of the most extraordinary examples of Tempranillo in the world.