91 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2006
($27) Ruby-red. Bright, perfumed nose offers sexy raspberry, strawberry and cherry liqueur aromas accented by subtle notes of fresh rose and exotic spices. Lively and brisk, the with tangy acidity providing focus and cut to the pure red fruit flavors. Really delicious wine, with expansive, sweet raspberry and cherry flavors on the zesty, long finish. This can be enjoyed already, but I'd hold it for at least three years.
perfumey and elegant
I found this wine to be a very pleasant effort. Though the nose is endowed by plenty of vanillin french oak notes (a pleasant departure from the normal lactone American oak ugliness found in so many young Rioja), I thought it quite nice with the bright red fruits and fresh and effusive acidity. Yes, this wine has tannin, but for goodness sake it is young Tempranillo.
Not my experience
After drinking two bottles and finding them delicious and exactly as described in Josh's review, I ordered another case. Have no explanation of what was wrong with the one you tried.
one of the smoothest and most pleasant riojas. just not mind blowing.
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04 Artadi Vinas de Gain
Had this week and exceptionally disappointed. I'm familiar w/ Artadi and 04 IWC note appeared consistent w/ my past vintage experience. But this one was hard as a rock, brutally tannic, w/ a lumber yard of oak (my sense of tnn source) and perhaps some black dusty fruit on the extreme edges. I'm an acid freak, and yes it that hit the mark, but there was not even a remote sense of balance. Was definitely not corked and, under the termites, one could sense fine juice, vs the 'bad bottle' syndrome. I wouldn't waste room in my cellar for this artless brick. Lastly, I promptly returned it and, upon tasting, outfit gladly took it back saying "yeah that's what it's like this year - just terrible" I wanted to say, "well thanks for heads-up guys when I bought it". Whatever. But ratings sell and this is my big beef - IWC note is, at best, a ghostly apparition of Artadi Vinas de Gain vintages past vs. the 04 ghastly reality....did you guys even taste it?
Spain has more acres under vine than any other country and ranks third in production behind Italy and France. Much of this output continues to be hot-country jug wine made to satisfy the everyday thirsts of the domestic and greater European markets
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Tempranillo, arguably the most famous of Spain's native grapes, is a vibrant, aromatic varietal that offers spicy, red fruit aromas and flavors. The grape's name translates to "little early one," a moniker that references fruit's early ripening tendency-- Tempranillo thrives even with a short growing season. The varietal is at its best in...
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