Artadi Viña El Pison 2018 ~ 99RP View full size

Artadi Viña El Pison 2018 ~ 99RP

ARTADI VINA EL PISON 2018 ~ 100% Tempranillo ~ 14.5% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

99RP / 98-100RP

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Artadi Bodegas y Viñedos
Juan Carlos López de Lacalle
DOCa Rioja

6 bottles in stock


"The flagship single-vineyard 2018 Viña El Pisón has to be one of the finest vintages for this bottling. It's named after a plot of 2.4 hectares planted in 1945 in the village of Laguardia. The vineyard is an amphitheater with changing soils of limestone, clay and sandstone with a deep combination of limestone and silt. The grapes underwent a 24- to 48-hour cold soak and fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak vats for 10-12 days, during which time the grapes were foot trodden twice per day. It matured in French oak barrels for nine months. There's something mysterious about this Pisón; it's subtle and elegant, a little austere and reticent at first. The palate is seamless, silky with very refined tannins, with gobsmacking balance and a very long, clean and precise finish. This is superb. 6,600 bottles were filled in June 2020. Drink: 2021-2034."

99 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #January 2021 Week 3 | 21 January 2021


"The sample of the 2018 Viña El Pisón promised to be one of the finest vintages of this monumental wine. It has perfume and nuance, and it's detailed, complex and elegant, with gobsmacking depth and an endless finish. Same as the El Carretil, this has a strong mineral/chalky texture that adds to its tastiness and length. It has ripe flavors but with great acidity, with great purity and definition, precise and energetic. There should be some 5,500 bottles that will be filled in the summer of 2020."

"I tasted the bottled 2017s that delivered what the unbottled samples promised, with stellar performances of El Pisón, El Carretil and San Lázaro. 2017 was a warm year of low yields marked by spring frosts. The 2017s are being released now.

2018 on the other hand, feels more like 2016, cooler and fresher, with a crop that delivered quality and quantity. I tasted the wines from stainless steel where they were resting after their élevage in oak that has been shortened to eight to 10 months.

It was a year of better yields that was picked in two parts, because grapes were ripening but the sugars were not going up, so they could wait a bit more. The wines have retained very good freshness while they achieved full flavors. They are elegant, perfumed and with very fine tannins. They should mature for a further nine to 10 months in stainless steel and be bottled in the summer of 2020. They seem to have the fresh fruit of 2016, with very round, ripe tannins."

98-100 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #246 | 30 December 2019

  • Drink: 2021 - 2034
  • Production: ca. 6.600 bottles
  • Treatment: 9 months in new French oak
  • Packaging: OWC[6]