RIOJA

2019 Pies Negros Crianza Artuke

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Grapes Graciano, Tempranillo
Colour Red
Origin Spain, Rioja
Classification Crianza

Such a beautiful stylish modern Rioja, deeply fruited with black cherry, plum and dark chocolate. Sleek, ripe and deliciously polished with such amazing depth of flavour. Tannins are ripe and give structure, overlaid with succulent black fruits, with a delicious dark cocoa nib finish. L&S (Nov 2021)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

This is a joyous and lively expression of Tempranillo, with a little Graciano, from the banks of the Ebro River in the small but high quality sub-region of Rioja Alavesa. Brother and sister Arturo and Kike (hence Artuke) are in the business of letting each of their vineyards speak of their origins and their La Condenada bottling is one of the most highly sought-after wines in the region. Pies Negros, however, is a gentle and wallet-friendly introduction to their wines with juicy and full-flavoured fruit and is perfect slightly chilled in the summer with Ottolenghi style Mediterranean dishes.Association of Wine Educators (Feb 2022)

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 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.

Rioja Mixed Case

If you thought all Rioja was much the same - think again. This case will take you on a tour of the exciting, evolving landscape here. From the bigger, more traditional mellowness of Ruconia’s Reserva with its long barrel ageing, via the light bright and crisp elegance of Sandra Bravo's high altitude Sierra do Tolono, to the more exuberant full on fruit led style of the Artuke wines, this selection encompasses so much of what is exciting and tasty about Rioja.

Rioja - it may have been around for years, but it's bang up to date.

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