2012 Artadi, Carretil, Rioja 6x750ml


HK$8,090 / Case

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker – 95+

Possibly the best of the “new” single vineyards, the 2012 El Carretil is the only wine that might challenge the supremacy of El Pisón. This is a pure Tempranillo from soils richer in calcium carbonate that produces more austere tannins and a different, chalky texture. Analytically, this wine is always more acidic (lower pH than any of the rest). The nose is austere and a little closed, it takes time to start revealing its aromas as the character is more backward. Here the oak is perfectly integrated (and all these wines mature for 14 months in brand new French oak barrels and never come through as oaky), serious and mineral. It’s not a fruit-driven wine, it talks more about the soil, compact, serious and a bit taciturn. The palate is solid, with great consistency, austere and with chalky tannins. It is vertical, straight, slippery and elegant but still very young and in need of time to develop more complexity in bottle. The entry is sharp but then it seems to gain volume as it warms up inside your mouth, growing like the incredible Hulk; a gentle giant, incisive and pure. It could be drunk now but it should blossom with some more time in the bottle. It has great acidity and the combination of stuffing, acidity and balance will secure a long, slow development. The acidity cleanses the palate but at the same time makes it very long. We all know about El Pisón, but we should also pay attention to El Carretil. 4,000 bottles produced. 2012 seems to be e very good vintage for Artadi, ripe and powerful, but with very well-integrated oak, serious wines. For the three wineries they have (Artadi in Rioja, Artazu in Navarra and El Sequé in Alicante), proprietor Juan Carlos López de Lacalle wants to simplify the range of wines, first an entry-level line of local varietal wines, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell, (Tempranillo by Artadi). The second line is village wines (so Viñas de Gaín will disappear as a brand and will be turned into Viñas de Laguadia, Viñas de Leza and Viñas de Elvillar in future vintages, and Pagos Viejos will be turned into a special collector’s items) and then single-vineyard wines. In Alicante and Navarra they don’t have single-vineyard wines for now, while for Artadi they will continue with the four they offer now. This change will be for the 2014 harvest. Tasting them slowly I came to the conclusion that, following the Burgundian model, the hierarchy of the single vineyards is as follows: El Pisón and El Carretil would be the Grand Crus and Valdeginés and La Poza de Ballesteros would be the 1er Crus. And the big news is, of course, that they are leaving the Rioja appellation before the end of 2015! [Luis Gutierrez, 01/04/2015]

Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032

Vinous – 94

Opaque ruby. Vibrant smoke- and mineral-tinged black raspberry, cherry-cola, Indian spice and vanilla scents show wonderful clarity and lift. Intense red and dark berry preserve flavors reach every corner of the palate, picking up a sexy floral note with aeration. Rich yet vibrant Rioja with outstanding finishing thrust, great persistence and smooth tannins that build slowly and harmoniously. [Josh Raynolds, 11/01/2015]

Anticipated maturity: 2022-2027

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