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Characteristics of Artadi Valdeginés
Artadi Valdeginés is a D.O.Ca Rioja red wine by Artadi. What started as a humble cooperative quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed wineries of the Rioja Alavesa. Its new, excellent "vinos parcelarios" (wines with grapes from a single plot of land, such as: El Carretil, La Poza de Ballesteros and Valdeginés) have convinced countless critics.
A single varietal Tempranillo. The grapes come from a 7-hectare vineyard with poor, clayey and limestone-rich soils.
The grapes are destemmed and cold macerated for 24-28 hours. Later, the must ferments at a controlled temperature for 10-12 days and later ages in French oak barrels for 14 months.
In terms of climate, the 2017 vintage began with a winter of mild temperatures and moderate rainfall, followed by a spring with average rain and higher temperatures than usual, which favoured early sprouting. Like many wineries in the area, this vintage was marked by the fateful night of April 28, when temperatures dropped drastically causing frosts of catastrophic consequences. This frost, fortunately, had different effects on the crop, depending on the orography and the phenolic state of the vineyard. This way, in Artadi vineyard, the impact caused a 20-25% reduction of the harvest.In months following the frost, the weather conditions were frankly beneficial for the recovery of the vineyard, with temperatures and rains higher to the average in the region. Thus allowed harvesting with almost imperceptible phenolic differences.As Carlos López de Lacalle tells us, a great vintage that has managed to make adversity an occasion of virtue.
SightPicota red with a purplish rim and a high robe.NoseRed fruit on the nose. A clear, penetrating and direct aroma.TasteWell-defined tannins on the palate. Strong fruity hints.
SightPicota red with a purplish rim and a high robe.NoseComplex, clean and elegant on the nose. Broad tannins and fruit nuances.TasteFull bodied on the palate. Very pleasant and balanced. Easy to drink, with good acidity, dark and red fruit nuances. Liquorice, toasted and bitter notes.
Bodegas Artadi was founded in Laguardia back in 1985 as the´Cooperative Cosecheros Alaveses’', led by Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle. It was an association of a group of growers that wanted to collaborate on a business project based on the viticultural wealth of the La Rioja Alavesa region. They wanted the opportunity to prove that the use of carbonic maceration could also produce great wines, and this they did. Artadi has a history linked to the memory and stories of the people who helped found the winery and make what it is today. Outside of the busy and overcrowded industry , Artadi is based on passion and respect for the land and vineyards.