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PIES NEGROS

2014 Rioja Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke

Grapes Tempranillo, Graciano
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Rioja
District Alavesa
ABV 14%

When we first tasted this we liked it but found the wine deep, dark and quite grippy. With time in bottle the fruit has fleshed out and now offers up a succulent, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruitiness that marries beautifully with the rich tannins to make a seriously lovely mouthful, great with some presa iberica. L&S (Oct 2016)

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Named 'black feet' for the traditional grape treading they still do here, this Tempranillo with a dash of Graciano is from vines planted in 1920. It's a modern take on Rioja showing bright black cherry fruit - the oak is not obvious and gives ripe, soft tannins and a smooth mouthfeel. Rating: 90 Christelle Guibert, Decanter(Dec 2016)

The 2014 Pies Negros is Tempranillo with 10% Graciano from vineyards in the zone of Ábalos, a village wine, aged for 11 months in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels with 5% of the volume kept in cement. There is a faint lactic touch, contained ripeness and imperceptible oak. The palate is juicy, fresh and nicely balanced with a dusty texture and elegant rusticity; it is less extractive than in previous years, much better balanced. A red with character and more relaxed than before. Very good value. Rating: 90 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Dec 2016)

The village of Ábalos, at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range is where we can find the vines used for making Pies Negros. The chalky soil and, in particular, the Atlantic climate prevalent in the district, give this wine its particular style and freshness. Traditional destemmed fermentation method. The name comes from the traditional treading of the grapes which we still do in our bare feet. From vines planted between 1920 and 1985, 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano, at an altitude of 550-620 metres, onl chalky clay. Drinking range: 2015 - 2020Winemaker's notes(Mar 2016)

Artuke

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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