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Date Printed: 4/18/2015
Artadi Vinas de Gain 1998
Artadi Vinas de Gain 1998
(search item no. 49150)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2015: $18.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The recently bottled, superb 1998 Pagos Viejos is one of the greatest Riojas I have ever tasted. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by a sweet nose of violets, black fruits, minerals, toasty new oak, and smoke. The wine is full-bodied, with gorgeous purity, amazing symmetry for its exceptional size, and an incredibly well-delineated finish. In short, it is great stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025."
-Wine Advocate
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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.