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Artadi Valdeginés 2020

Artadi Valdeginés

2020
ORGANIC
94
PARKER
Wines without GI (Spain)
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Valdeginés is one of Bodegas Artadi's parcel wines. The grapes used in its making come from an organically poor vineyard, with calcareous-clay soil and lightly compacted. Their 7 east-facing hectares lose the sun's rays towards midday, and taking into consideration the Laguardia estate lies at an altitude of 600 metres, it goes a long way to explaining the elegance and expressiveness of its fruit.

As in all Artadi vineyards, viticultural tasks follow clearly-defined organic principles that preserve the environment thanks to the absence of pesticides and herbicides. The grapes reward their pickers with a mere 4,000 kg/ha, and the clusters are gathered by hand with special care and placed into small 15-kg crates. Afterwards, the grapes are pressed twice a day for about two weeks whilst undergoing alcoholic fermentation; the malolactic and subsequent 12 months of ageing take place in new French oak barrels.

Behind every cork you'll find a clear-cut, restrained and structured wine, that at first seems shy but which gradually begins to raise the tempo until it turns into a seductive melody. Its tannins are tough but well-integrated, and its initial defiant tone soon reveals a beautiful structure directed by a vibrant acidity; there emerge the now classic earthy and liquorice aromas, which we usually find in Artadi wines, accompanied by a woodland raspberry and strawberry freshness, spices, and the elegant austerity found in very fine wines. It's precise and expressive both on the palate and on the nose, and its perfect balance between fruit and oak bodes a great future.

Ratings and awards

202193-94 PK
202094 PK
201994 PK
201894+ PK
201793+ PK95 PN
201694 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2019 Valdeginés comes from an east-facing plot of five hectares opposite La Poza de Ballesteros. The plot was planted 35 to 40 years ago at 600 meters in altitude in the village of Laguardia, and it gets the morning sun. 2019 is a fresh and fruit-driven vintage. Despite the warmth of the year and the lack of water, it has ripe fruit. And it has 14.65% alcohol and mellow acidity, but the palate is not heavy; it's quite fluid. It's harmonious and with very fine and round tannins. A gentle and elegant Valdeginés with lots of licorice, which seems to be the character of the year. The wines are quite approachable and ready in general, but this overdelivers. 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 94 PARKER

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The winery

Artadi

Artadi

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