2015 Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke

Grapes Tempranillo, Viura
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Rioja
District Alavesa
ABV 13%

This is so not what you expect from Rioja: no oaky orange-coloured dry old thing with wire on the bottle that we remember from the '70s, this is all dark juicy fruit and silky, gently grippy tannins. A supple, youthful mouthful of balanced and immensely drinkable wine and a bargain basement price for this quality.
(Mar 2016)

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By vinifying together all the grapes from plots from the same village, Baños de Ebro, we can transmit the particular character of our village’s continental climate and its chalky clay soils to the wine. Traditional 'whole berry' fermentation method (with the stalks). From vines planted between 1902 and 2005 between 420 to 480 metres above sea level, mainly on chalky clay. 95% Tempranillo and 5% Viura.

An excellent new wave producer is Bodeyas y Vinedos Artuke. Artuke Rioja is purplish, not faded garnet, in colour and has an attractive fresh, floral nose and savoury minerality.


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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