Artadi - Viña El Pisón

Colour: Red
Country: spain
Producer: artadi
Grape: Tempranillo
Region: rioja


Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, owner and winemaker of Artadi, is recognised as one of the greatest names in the business in Spain. The winery was once a co-operative of 13 growers who owned well-sited vineyards around the town of Laguardia in the Alavesa wine region of Rioja. Juan Carlos saw the potential of these wonderful vineyards and purchased the Bodega, immediately amending the philosophy and style of winemaking. The winemaking is modern with an emphasis upon fruit driven wines, characterised by the terroir of individual vineyard sites – a far cry from the philosophy of traditional Rioja producers. French oak is used, not American, allowing the principle variety, Tempranillo, eloquent natural expression.

  • 97+ Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”A worthy follower of the 2010, the 2012 Viña El Pisón is the more aromatic of all the single-vineyard bottlings. It opens to showy aromas of violets and Asian spices like the Riojan version of a Chambolle-Musigny or Vosne-Romanée. The nose is very spicy, ripe and heady with open and expressive aromas of baked croissants, Morello cherries, herbal tea, aromatic herbs and balsamic notes that are remarkably complex for its age. The palate has volume and it seems to grow inside your mouth as it warms up. The persistence is remarkable, the wine stays in your tongue forever and is much more gentle than El Carretil, with great structure and an extra degree of silkiness. El Pisón is clearly a more complete, a more complex wine.” Luis Gutiérrez

  • 94 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2009 Vina El Pison is born from 67-year-old vines within a real clos rather than the fictitious ones that abound. I could be pedantic and separate it from Juan Carlos- wines under the Artadi umbrella, but like my predecessor, I will include it here. The 2009 has a fresh, floral, Margaux-like bouquet with fine delineation and intensity. The palate is full-bodied with an almost impenetrable carapace of licorice-tinged black fruits, minerals, citrus peel and a powerful, sensual finish. Perhaps impressive more than pleasurable (at the moment), this behemoth will need a decade in the cellar before it will shine.” Neil Martin

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