Artadi 2017 Valdegines

£39.99
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SPRIRARVA17B
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Artadi is now, almost without fear of contradiction, the leading producer of wines from Rioja Alavesa, a part of the larger Rioja region where the wines producers eschew the old traditions of Rioja such as the rigid ageing classification system of Crianza, Reserva etc, and prefer to use French oak rather than American. Artadi was founded in 1985 as Cosecheros Alavesa, a co-operative, but since the early nineties has been run as a private winery by Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacaille. Juan Carlos has almost single handedly brought Rioja into the modern era, with wines that are supremely well polished, elegant and refined. Valdegines is one of their many single vineyard expressions, this particular vineyard planted in 1989, only 7 hectares. It is a beautiful wine, and a great introduction to the Artadi top wines, before they start getting crazy in price.

The Wine Region

Rioja

Rioja

Rioja is, along with Sherry, Spain's most famous wine region. Its red wines are based on the noble grape variety of Tempranillo. The red wines of Rioja are classified according their minimum ageing requirements in cask and bottle before being released to the market, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, with the term Cosecha being used for wines which are young, or do not tend to follow this classification. The wines have an affinity with oak, particularly with the more aromatic American oak, and like many other regions of the world there is tension between the traditionalists and the modernists, with the latter being exemplified by the wines of Artadi and Pujanza

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