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Modern Rioja Personified


David Bloch pulls the cork on a bottle of Rioja.

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2001 Artadi, Pagos Viejos, Rioja
This wine is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 75 year old vines that was aged 18 months in 100% new French oak.  A totally locked down nose when opened.  Needs two hours in the decanter to open up.  Quite dark in color – ruby/violet.  Mildly tannic which makes this an ideal pairing with beef or lamb, or any game.  A modern-styled Rioja that shows plenty of meaty and espresso notes, framed by near perfect acidity.  A nice mineral streak too.  Sweet, ripe fruit.  Still young;  but accessible.  Many years of good drinking ahead, with the possibility of more development.

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