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Single bottle of Red wine Artadi, Valdegines, Rioja Alavesa, 2019 100% Tempranillo

Rioja Alavesa

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The producer

Artadi is somewhat of a newbie in terms of Rioja – established only in 1985 – but quickly rose to the highest level of quality in Rioja. Artadi has been hugely successful with vineyards in Navarra (Artazu) and Alicante (El Segue) and is also among the best of those appellations.

The range includes excellent village wines and several single vineyard wines, all exemplary quality. The top wine is Vina El Pison, from a 2.4ha single vineyard of very old vines near Laguardia. Since 2015 Artadi choose no longer to use the DOCa of Rioja, rather labelling the wines “Laguardia”. Regardless of classification, this is a powerful but extremely elegant representation of wines from Rioja, of which it is at least geographically part.

The wine

Alava Valdegines is made from a 7-hectare single vineyard plot, in Laguardia, planted in 1989 to Tempranillo. Vines are east facing, at 600 meters of altitude, and in clay-limestone soils. 100% Tempranillo, Alava Valdegines ferments for 10-12 days in open-top vats with daily cap plunging and is then allowed to mature for 12 months in French oak barrels. A wine of powerful structure and ripe fruit concentration, with a dense and velvety texture, and ripe muscular tannins. Alava Valdegines can be kept for decades.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2019
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub region: Rioja Alavesa
Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Style: Rich and Intense
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14.5%
Drinking window: 2022 - 2028
Size: 750ml
Food match: Lamb

We choose our wines based on a range of criteria (see how we choose our wines) of which critic scores is just one. Rather than simply highlight the best score to promote a wine, our average critic score is calculated from the scores provided by several respected wine critics, who we follow for specific regions. They do not represent all critic scores and, wherever possible, we try and give more weight to more recent reviews. Where appropriate we consider market-based scores like Global Wine Score or Wine Searcher Average scores.

As a rule, we look to offer wines that achieve a 92/100 average critic score or better and frankly a lot of very good wines simply don’t make the cut. As a high-end provider we want to reflect that positioning in the quality of wines we offer. Such wines are only a tiny fraction of those generally on offer in the market. We believe that an average score is a more conservative and representative approach, but it is still subjective and only offered as a guide to our customers, who will (and should) do their own research. We will add individual critic scores to our website in the future. 

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