2001 Artadi "Pago Viejo" Rioja

SKU #1006697 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aged 18 months in 100% new French oak from 75-year old Tempranillo vines, the 2001 Pagos Viejos is one of Spain’s greatest wines. A singular red of extraordinary stature and intensity, it exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color as well as a luxurious bouquet of lead pencil shavings, black and blue fruits, espresso roast, and floral notes. This full-bodied, dense 2001 possesses layers of flavor, a sweet integration of tannin and wood, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. (RP)  (4/2007)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 Artadi's selection from old vines is remarkably fresh for an eight-year-old wine. The fruit has a malic intensity, with a little crunchiness to the juicy currant and red cherry flavors. Meanwhile, the density is so great the extract takes its time dripping down the sides of the glass. You can practically breathe the earthy power of the structure, yet it isn't blunt or overwhelming. Over the course of several days, the wine becomes increasingly classical in its finesse, and more impressive for the arc of its finish. Built to last for decades, this needs another ten years before it's fully accessible.  (12/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red-ruby. Flamboyant nose combines cassis, black pepper and smoky French oak. Sweet on the palate but with lovely cut, thanks to firm acidity. flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes with building tannins and strong oakiness. (ST)  (9/2004)

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.