2018 Pies Negros Crianza Artuke
This is always joyously dark and mouthfilling. Saturated plum, blackberry and dark cherry fruit, earthy and rich with some darker almost spicy notes. It has lift and freshness, never heavy but plenty of concentration. L&S (Jul 2020)
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Pies Negros is a blend of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from (mostly) Ábalos and Samaniego. Reflecting the cooler 2018 vintage, it's dense, focused and comparatively restrained, with subtle 15% new wood, racy dark berry fruit and the balance and precision that are typical of the Artuke style. Nuanced and long on the palate. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Feb 2021)
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 de Miguel 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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