Artadi Vina el Pison Riserva 1996 Front Label
Artadi Vina el Pison Riserva 1996 Front Label

Artadi Vina el Pison Riserva 1996

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The wine that hails from this unique vineyard site reflects the expertise of Juan Carlos' ancestors and their passion to keep the spirit of the old-vine Tempranillo alive. The vineyard's unique micro-ecosystem produces a wine that is densely chromatic, deep and complex on the palate with a fresh ripeness and fine, elegant tannins. Containing seductive aromas and a long, lingering finish, this wine has an exclusive character and personality that gives it an exceptional propensity for long bottle aging.

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Spectacular is the limited production 1996 Vina El Pison. Fashioned from a vineyard planted in 1931 on pure limestone, this wine is outrageously rich, complex, and profound. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of sweet black fruits, vanillin, flowers, and minerals. There are layers of fruit, great flavor extraction, unbelievable finesse, complexity, and elegance. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Full-bodied and super-concentrated, this compelling Rioja will be at its peak between 2002-2025. Sadly, only 300 six packs were exported to the United States, but it is well-worth seeking out.
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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.

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Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.

Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.

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