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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production53,000 bottles

The wine

We can call the Pies Negros a village wine as all the grapes used in its production come from the small village of Ábalos, in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The first vines were planted here on these chalky soils way back in the 1920s. Worked in an environmentally-friendly way at heights of 600 metres above sea level, the resulting wines capture the true character of the Atlantic.

The name of the wine — Pies Negros, black feet — is a homage to the tradition of grape-stomping, a tradition still alive and well at the Artuke Bodegas y Viñedos winery. Traditions like this together with the high altitudes of the vineyards deliver an excellent wine whose freshness and typicity give it its unique identity.

Grapes are hand-collected, destemmed, and crushed through stomping to start off the fermentation of the must. A small quantity of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels before the finished wine is blended in different-aged wooden barrels to maintain the primary tones of the grape. Its cherry colour with violet hues shouts out its fruitiness. This wine is a treat, offering a certain complexity showing the balance between its juicy fruit and the tannins from the grape skin. Bitter delicacies add a touch of elegance to the essence of a simple grape, and make the Pies Negros a very moreish wine. Its aroma combines blackberries and liquorice with flowery hints of violets. Wide, lactic, and balanced on the palate, this alluring and tantalizing drink is a perfect wine to get to know the Tempranillo grape and rediscover the Rioja appellation.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Meat rice dishes, Iberian sausages, Magret of duck

Ratings and awards

201893 PN
201792 PK
201691+ PK
201490 PK
201190 PK92 PN
201093 PN
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Customer reviews

4.1/5
9 reviews
Vintage:

Wine making

Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench and american oak

Vineyards

Vine ageBetween 32 and 98 years
SoilCalcareous-clay
ClimateAtlantic with mediterranean influence
YieldsLow yields

The winery

Artuke, Bodegas y Viñedos

Artuke, Bodegas y Viñedos

Artuke is a family-run winery owned by the Miguel Blanco family and located in the town of Baños de Ebro. It maintains 17 hectares of vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa, from where it produces wines with a distinct personality. Inheriting the tradition passed down from his forebears, Roberto decided to build the present winery in 1985, setting it up with the technology and equipment required for keeping wine production going and enabling it to cope with growing demand. Today, it...

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