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Pagos Viejos
HISTORY   Owner Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle 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 hard work is something he learned at an early age, and this is a governing principle for his three award-winning wineries in Rioja, Navarra and Alicante. Artadi's ideology is that "the value of a great wine is intimately linked to the land and its people." 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 Artadi's fundamental keys to success. Juan Carlos says that the particularity of different soils, disparate climates and the inherent excellence of the grape varieties are the genesis of the authenticity of Artadi's portfolio of wines. Indeed, when one looks at Artadi's contribution to Spanish winemaking, we find wines with character, personality and identity that reflect their roots in natural viticulture.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES     Many say Artadi is one of the most sought-after estates in Rioja and Pagos Viejos one of the most sought-after wines in the world. Decades of intense labor in the vineyards have given famed winemaker and owner Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle the experience and passion for making wines of true excellence. Containing fine aromas and an elegant mouth feel that is fruit-forward on the mid-palate, and supported by round tannins, Artadi's Pagos Viejos is the ideal representation of what an artisanal wine should taste like when carefully made from the old-vine Tempranillo that is grown in Rioja Alavesa. An experience to be enjoyed on special occasions, this wine is dark cherry red in color and is both elegant and aromatic. Containing intriguing aromas of dark chocolate, black minerals, cigar box and fresh coconut, this wine is unctuous and elegant with a very long finish.

GRAPE VARIETY   100% Tempranillo
 
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