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When Is A Rioja Not A Rioja: A Luscious, Silky, Stunning Red

Bodegas y Viňedos Artadi Viňas de Gain 2017 (Rioja, Spain)

Bodegas y Viňedos Artadi Viňas de Gain 2017

We have a riddle for you. When is a Rioja not a Rioja?

When it's made by the legendary winery Artadi who made headlines and ruffled some feathers when they decided to "leave" the Rioja DOC because the winemaker felt the rules were too rigid and antiquated.

The irony is that Artadi is situated in the very finest village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa, but in spite of this lofty appellation they refuse to promote the word "Rioja" on their labels.


So today's glorious red wine is a blend of various Tempranillo parcels ranging from 20 to 30 years of age, all of which are certified organic.

We tasted this wine yesterday and we're so excited that we're letting you in on our offer before the wine even arrives in the store.

Let's start with the press:


"Impressive, rich, dark-cherry and blackberry aromas with nicely cut oak influence. The palate has a sleek, smooth-honed feel with such impressive freshness and depth. Stunning, vibrant finish. 100% Tempranillo from several plots around Laguardia." (James Suckling)

James Suckling: 94 points


"The red 2017 Viñas de Gaín was marked by the frost of the 28th of April, when they lost 20% to 25% of the crop, but as I've seen in other wineries, the wines are much better than expected, especially when it comes to freshness, given the low yields and very early harvest. This fermented in oak vats and matured in oak barrels for eight months. It's fresh and tender, with ripeness but without excess, quite fruit-driven. It has a velvety texture and good quality tannins." (Wine Advocate)

Wine Advocate: 92 points

There are 21 cases remaining of this delicious wine in the state and at less than $20/bottle after discount this wine punches way above its weight.

If you enjoy luscious, hedonistic, silky and velvety red wine then please place your order as soon as possible. We'll be grabbing several cases for ourselves so that brings the total down to 18 cases to share with you.

Please note this wine won't arrive in the store until Thursday, so we're taking pre-orders for solid cases. Bottle stock will be available from Thursday afternoon onwards until it runs out.

$23.99/bottle or $230.30/12 pack case ($19.19/bottle)


Press reply to order your wine or call the store, 508 255 3660.

During the covid crisis you may enter the store if you're wearing a mask, or you can call in advance for curbside pick up until 5 pm, or you can place an order for "no contact" free delivery if it's over $50 and you live in Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster or Harwich.

Deliveries are made Monday through Friday afternoons only.

Please be advised we have waived our delivery fees during the covid crisis for the above mentioned towns.

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