2014 Artadi 'El Carretil' Rioja

$219.95
WA95+JS95

Another high-altitude, 100% Tempranillo grown on limestone, this is an absolute seducer. Our notes say “POWER. Prune, varnish, dark glazed cherries over vanilla cake.” Suckling called it “Extremely floral with chalk and bone character undertones. Dark fruits. Full body, tight and chewy with an extravagant mouthfeel.” Treat yourself to this extravagant expression of Rioja!

Varietal:
Tempranillo
Vintage:
2014
Aging:
12 months
Appellation:
Rioja
Vineyard:
El Carretil
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Tempranillo
Alcohol %:
14.6%
SKU #:
1WART14IR3ELCARRETIL
WA95+

Wine Advocate

Shortening the time in oak for the 2014 El Carretil certainly paid back. The oak feels more integrated, as this used to be the oakiest wine in the portfolio. This is a vineyard between Laguardia and La Puebla de Labarca at 500 meters in altitude, a south-facing amphitheater with 17% active limestone, a lot higher than the average in the zone. It generates fresh, stony wines with chalky tannins. This is linear, serious and concentrated, with tannins that cling to your teeth. This should be phenomenal with some more time in bottle. It always has more acidity, a lower pH. Long and deep. In a hierarchy, I'd place the limestone-rich El Carretil second after El Pisón. This could be an elegant version of the 2009, with a lot more freshness but the same structure. Will this change with the new wines from 2016?