A modern-style Rioja with lots of structure and texture. 100% Tempranillo handpicked from 20-30 year old vineyards around Laguardia that are certified organic. Deep layers of pithy, salty and oaky complexity are wrapped up in ripe fruit and body to very serious and charismatic effect. A great example of Artadi's modern take, and very complete and very satisfying wine for this price.
92/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"The young red 2019 Viñas de Gaín was produced with Tempranillo grapes from different vineyards in Laguardia and Elvillar at 450 to 700 meters in altitude that fermented in oak and stainless steel vats followed by malolactic in barrel and an élevage in barrel of nine months. They aimed for a fresh and fruit-driven, juicy red that comes from a low-yielding year, so the wine is concentrated but keeps the approachable style. It has nice balance. In warmer and riper years, they do shorter macerations at lower temperature and a short élevage to keep the aromatic and fruit-driven character, avoiding heavy wines. This is always a very good value within the Artadi range. 90,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2020."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
94/100 James Suckling (2017 Vintage)
"Impressive, rich, dark-cherry and blackberry aromas with nicely cut oak influence. The palate has a sleek, smooth-honed feel with such impressive freshness and depth. Stunning, vibrant finish. 100% tempranillo from several plots around Laguardia."