Artadi, Vinas des Gains Blanco, Rioja Alavesa, 2017
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Single bottle of White wine Artadi, Vinas des Gains Blanco, Rioja Alavesa, 2017 100% Macabeo (Viura)

Vinas des Gains Blanco
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

Vinas de Gain Blanco is Artadi’s ‘village’ white wine. 100% Viura, Vinas de Gain Blanco is made from selected vineyards from villages in Laguardia and Elvillar de Alava. Vines are growing at 450-700 meters of altitude, in clay-limestone soils. Gain Blanco is oak fermented for about two weeks and then ages in stainless steel vats for 2 years and 4 months with a small portion of the wine ageing in oak for one month and then in stainless steel until bottling. A wine of delicate stone fruit concentration, with elegant stony mineral texture and a lifted freshness on the finish.   

Type: White
Vintage: 2017
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub region: Rioja Alavesa
Grape: 100% Macabeo (Viura)
Style: Tropical and Balanced
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13.5%
Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
Size: 750ml
Food match: Chicken and Turkey

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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