The Pagos Viejos is a stunning, almost modern style Rioja, produced from the oldest vines from Artadi’s great vineyards; El Carretil, La Poza de Ballesteros and Valdegines. Each component is vinified separately and allowed to express the individual site it is grown. The palate is full and seamless with generous flavours of blueberry, plum, chocolate and tobacco. The tannins are firm providing structure and ensuring a long drinking window.
The 2011 Pagos Viejos is a blend from different parcels of old-vine Tempranillo over 50 years old from the villages of Laguardia, Elvillar and Leza, fermented in open wooden vats and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. At this point in time it’s pure fruit, very primary, approachable, easy to understand and clean, with great balance and length.
93 Points Luis Guitierrez