A very smart wine! Rioja with a real sense of place, the limestone giving a wine with energy and drive, a hint of oak feels tight-grained and emphasises the long linear feel to this classic wine. Already extremely impressive, this will gain with more bottle age. Arturo and Kike's father may have been thought mad to buy this vineyard (hence the name), but his faith in it is fully demonstrated in this wine.
L&S (Mar 2016)
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Made from a single plot located on a high terrace overlooking the Ebro river in Baños de Ebro, with a sandy, gritty soil over a very chalky limestone subsoil where planting vines was not very common (which is why our grandfather was regarded as «crazy» for buying it). Moderately Atlantic climate. Traditional destemmed grape fermentation. Vines planted in 1981. 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano, on sand and gravel with a hard limestone subsoil at 550 metres above sea level.
Winemaker's notes (Mar 2016)
Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke: Full Wine List and Profile
These wines from Rioja are rooted firmly in their terroir. Artuke is all about small scale, biodynamic production: twenty two hectares of vines spread over thirty two plots between the stunning, hilly villages of Baños de Ebro and Abalos on the upper terrace of the river Ebro in La Rioja Alta, Northern Spain. Artuke is run by the family of Miguel Blanco, who have been working the land in this Northern part of Rioja Alavesa for over a century. Now, the helm is taken by Miguel's two sons Arturo and Kike which as you might guess, is where the name 'Artuke' is derived from. The aim of the brothers has been this: To create a new and individual wine which still respects the history of the wine region and of their family wine tradition. The result: A thoroughly modern style of Rioja, but not heavily extracted or heavily wooded in style.
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