2017 Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke
Unwooded, joyful Rioja - as drunk by the locals - but sadly rarely seen outside of the region. An element of this juice is fermented under Carbonic maceration - like the Gamays of Beaujolais and the results are spectacular. Deep, bright purple-edged and glossy in the glass, such a soft, 'real juice' feel - another brilliant wine for this cuvée which is so different from all those brown, oaky and flatly oxidised styles. This has purity vim and vigour and is a wine that gives pure pleasure. Sadly the unusual frosts in early 2017 decimated the vines here and production has been slashed in half - catch it while you can! L&S (Jun 2018)
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I previewed the carbonic maceration 2017 Artuke one month before the first lot was due to be bottled. They expect to produce only 35,000 bottles in three lots, half of the normal production, as the frost from April 28 decimated the crop. There are some blurry aromas, and it's young and juicy. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com (Mar 2018)
Bodegas y Viñedos 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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