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2008 El Pison, Artadi, Rioja

El Pison, Artadi, Rioja
The El Pison vineyard has a pleasing aura of tranquillity, its setting a modest natural amphitheatre, its vines embellished by bright flowers at the end of each row. A relatively light top-soil soon gives way to rock, which descends for up to 1.5 metres, defying the vines’ roots to dig deep and providing natural humidity and in-built temperature control. The 1945 vines yield a nose that is both ethereal and richly evocative, and a palate which, even in youth, is harmonious and finely balanced. Spicy and firm on the finish, this is surely one of the finest statements of Tempranillo that one is ever likely to find.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)Artadi


The Wine Advocate
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El Pison, Artadi, Rioja
The 2008 Vina el Pison comes from a single vineyard planted in 1945 on pure limestone. It is the epitome of elegance with a sensual bouquet, a silky texture, already complex flavors, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will offer at least a 20 year lifespan, just long enough for the 2009 to be hitting its stride.

In addition to the two new releases listed above, I received samples of the various components of the 2009 Pagos Viejos. Inky purple, dense and rich, it will surely be a contender for a perfect score. But that is a story for next year.
Jay Miller - Wine Advocate - Jun 2011

The Wine Advocate
97/100
El Pison, Artadi, Rioja
Product: 3617
Maturity: Drink 2011-2031 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2008
Origin: Spain » Rioja Map of the region
Producer: Artadi
Grape Variety: Tempranillo/Tinto Fino
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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