||IWC: By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Issue #134, September/October 2007)
(Bodegas Artadi Vina El Pison Rioja) ($190) Inky ruby. Dense red and dark berry liqueur aromas are energized by zesty mineral and fresh floral qualities. Precise and suave, offering sweet red berry flavors and sexy oak spice character that's in no way ostentatious. I find the restraint of this wine to be utterly compelling, as is the balance of power and finesse on the long, spicy finish. An exotic floral pastille quality simply doesn't let up. (Eric Solomon Selections, Charlotte, NC) 95 points|
||WA: As for the 2005 Vina El Pison, like the 2005 Pagos Viejos, it is just a bit more muted and not quite as explosive on the nose and palate. It will take more time to fully strut its stuff but, make no mistake, it too is a legend in the making. Kudos to Bodegas Artadi for this tour de force!
Importer: Eric Solomon, European Cellars, Charlotte, NC; tel. (704) 358-1565|