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artadi pagos viejos rioja '09 750ml



The deep sensation from the old Tempranillo vineyards from Rioja Alavesa, the years of work in the vineyards, the experience and passion for doing everything well are translated in penetrating aromas, complex flavours and rounded tannins. Drinking ARTADI Pagos Viejos 2009 becomes an experience for very special occasions. Containing intriguing aromas of dark chocolate, black minerals, cigar box and fresh coconut, this wine is unctuous and elegant with a very long finish.

"Very impressive red plums and the Alion has a very approachable feel to it, supple and even. The nose delivers some savory, slightly tarry and earthy character with a classic, direct and easy-to-understand feel. Some dried flowers, too. The palate has medium body and delivers fleshy, round red cherries, gently savory, spicy elements and fine, long and detailed tannins. A great Alion, full of flavor, very fresh. Drink across the next 15 years."
96 points, James Suckling

"Youthful purple. An expansive, highly complex bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, incense, candied flowers and vanilla, and a smoky mineral flourish adds urgency and lift. Sweet and seamless on entry, offering palate-staining blackberry, cherry compote and spicecake flavors and suggestions of mocha and cola. Tightens up steadily on the back half but shows no hard edges. Finishes with excellent, dark-berry-driven tenacity and smooth tannins coming in slowly. Drinking window: 2024 - 2034."
94 points, Vinous

"Produced with 100% Tinto Fino or Tempranillo grapes in a modern and fruit-forward style with generous oak, the 2015 Alion is juicy and intense, cropped from a warm and dry year that delivered a 15% alcohol red that is voluptuous and hedonistic. It matured for 12 to 14 months in oak barrels, mostly French and mostly new. At first I found it quite ripe, with black rather than red fruit, a little earthy and with a touch of licorice and ink. The palate reveals abundant, slightly dusty tannins without the quality they had in 2014; it's a little dry on the finish, a riper and more powerful vintage of Alion. The nose improved tremendously with time in the glass as it opened up, but the tannins remained quite present. It might need a little more time in bottle to polish those edges."
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


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