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. Drinking range: 2015 - 2018 L&S (Mar 2016)
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If you're used to drinking oaked rioja, this juicy, youthful blend of tempranillo and five per cent of the white grape viura might come as a bit of a surprise. But it's typical of the kind you find in the region's tapas bars, with abundant raspberry and black cherry flavours, tangy acidity and a hint of peppery spice. Drink with: A lamb roast.Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Nov 2016)
This is a very atypical Rioja. There’s no vanilla or coconut, no oak at all as far as I can tell, instead there’s bags of bright red fruit, herbs and a sort of floral quality. It’s almost like a young fresh Pinot Noir. Henry Jeffreys, The Spectator(Oct 2016)
Light sweet round fruit – not the most obviously Spanish red. Very simple and easy. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 15.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Sep 2016)
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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