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Artadi Rioja El Carretil 750ml 2010
Sku: 1913580*
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Critics Ratings:     (2)
Product Information
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
Classification: Doca
Reg. 165.99
On Sale $132.99
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Vinous 94 points - (all tempranillo): Inky ruby. Explosive blackberry, cherry liqueur and incense scents show excellent purity and a suave, lively mineral topnote. Broad, deep and velvety, offering palate-staining dark berry and bitter cherry flavors complemented by suggestions of licorice, cola and spicecake. There’s lots going on here already but this still is a baby. Finishes with building intensity and superb length, leaving notes of boysenberry and smoky minerals behind. I’d love to see how this wine ages.  (Sep 2014)

Wine Advocate 94 points - The 2010 El Carretil is produced with Tempranillo grapes from a single 5.3-hectare, southeast-facing vineyard planted in 1973 in Laguardia at 500 meters altitude. The grapes fermented in open wooden vats and carried out the malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, where it aged for 14 months. This vineyard was, in the 2001 vintage, the source for Grandes Anadas. The southeast orientation makes the influence of the sun not as strong as in La Poza, nor as light as in Valdegines. I found the 2010 very ripe, with notes of damsons, black cherries and black spices, while the palate showed more delineation and freshness, coming back with a mixture of red and black fruit flavors. This is also a big, powerful but balanced wine, with fine-grained tannins, and a chalky sensation, which provide some austerity. It is a beautiful wine. Drink 2014-2024. (Dec 2013)

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Producer
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.

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