Wine Advocate 90 points - In a challenging vintage, Artadi fashioned an outstanding 2002 Pagos Viejos. Made from 75-year old Tempranillo vines, it possesses a dark ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of cherries, black currants, licorice, and raspberries, surprising texture, depth, and richness, an elegant mouthfeel, and impressive purity as well as length. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years. (Jun 2005)
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Owner Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle has been surrounded by old vines and great wines since early childhood when he used to accompany his grandfather during harvest time in Rioja. Dedication to detailed, delicate and hard work is something he learned at an early age, and these are governing principles for his three award-winning wineries in Rioja, Navarra and Alicante. Artadiís ideology is that “the value of a great wine is intimately linked to the land and its people.Ē The conviction to safeguard this intimate link is what drove Juan Carlos to make wine in three distinct regions of Spain. Producing wines made from the single most important variety of each appellation, working with
estate-grown fruit and developing a team of viticultural experts that respect the traditions and climate of each region are Bodegas Artadiís fundamental keys to success. If asked, Juan Carlos would say the peculiarity of different soils, disparate climates and the inherent excellence of the grape varieties are the genesis of the authenticity of Artadiís portfolio of wines. Indeed when one looks at Artadiís contribution to Spanish winemaking, we find wines with character, personality and identity that reflect their roots in natural viticulture.