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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%
Production65,000 - 70,000 bottles

The wine

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. A perfect wine to get to know the Tempranillo grape and rediscover the Rioja appellation.

What does this wine taste like?

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.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
arroces
Rice
carnes-rojas
Red meat
aves-y-carnes-blancas
Poultry and white meats

Meat rice dishes / Iberian sausages / Magret of duck

Ratings and awards

201893 PK93 PN
201792 PK
201691 PK
201590+ PK
201490 PK
201190 PK92 PN
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The 2018 Pies Negros was produced with grapes from the Sierra Cantabria in the village of Ábalos, so another village wine, even if it won't get the official qualification, as they don't have a winery in Ábalos! It's a blend of Tempranillo with 15% Graciano fermented with destemmed but uncrushed grapes with indigenous yeasts, and it matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 12 months, except for 10% of the volume that was kept in concrete for that time. This didn't stop growing in the glass, and the aromas are subtle and elegant. Since they started working with larger oak containers, they had to learn to work under more reductive conditions; they now seem to have mastered it, at least in some of the wines, like this one. The wines are subtler and less immediate than the wines aged in barrique, and this long-cycle vintage has a tendency toward this profile of wines. The palate is very balanced and fresh, with a core of red fruit, with bright flavors and very good precision. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in two lots; the one I tasted was from December 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/10/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.3/5
14 reviews
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Winemaking

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.

Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench and American oak

Vineyards

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.

Vine ageBetween 32 and 98 years
SoilCalcareous-clay
ClimateAtlantic with Mediterranean influence
YieldsLow yields
Altitude600.00 meters

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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