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August 31, 2004

01 Artadi, Vinas de Gain

Holy altar of Rioja, I kneel my humble nose to you. Succulent spicy blackberry core erupts with sweet fruit and acid simultaneously -- fresher than actual berries. A nice mix of fruit tannins on the gums and wood tannins in the throat. Hot. Long, grapey finish. One of the deepest, most extracted Riojas I've ever had, yet it also exhibits some grace in its handling of such demanding flavors and structure.


Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

Portuguese fish stew with chaurice and tons of salt/olives.

Balanced enough, even in its boldness, to yield to vegetarian, tomato-based stews and lasagnas.

A natural with porcinis.

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