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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production70,000 bottles

The wine

Created from a combination of grapes all grown in the same plot in Baños de Ebro, Artuke Tinto transmits all the character of this small village in much the same way as French village wines do.

The vineyards are located on chalky-clay soils at heights between 420 and 480 metres and the continental climate of Baños de Ebro provides the perfect framework for the vines to fully develop. Some of the vines are over a hundred years old, planted back in 1902, while other younger ones were planted after the year 2000.

Following local traditions, Artuke Tinto is produced using the historical carbonic maceration method, so typical in La Rioja. This involves fermenting whole bunches of grapes with stems included, which generates intracellular fermentations within each grape and produces intensely fruity musts with few tannins.

With these production methods, it is easy to see why Artuke displays a splendid cherry-red colour with bright red glints and a medium transparency. Aromas of scrubland, violets, strawberries and blackberries fascinate the nose, while a wonderfully honest and pleasant feeling delights the palate. Unlike other Rioja red wines produced this way, Artuke maintains a good dose of freshness thanks to its wild side which is essential to ensure a perfect balance in a wine produced with carbonic maceration. On standing in the glass for a short time, hints of cherry candy and lactic notes appear, alongside a fine mineral sensation reminiscent of the texture and aromas of its clay soils.

On top of all these characteristics, Artuke is also a versatile wine. It will pair with almost anything ... vegetables, meat dishes, and cold meats being just some examples of possible gastronomic combinations.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Cherry red / Reddish glints / Semi-opaque
Bouquet
Expressive / Fresh fruit / Red fruit / Lactic notes / Floral notes
Mouth
Fruit-forward / Fresh / Flavoursome / Versatile

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

entrantes
Starters
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
verduras-y-hortalizas
Vegetables
pescados
Fish
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
quesos-cremosos
Creamy cheeses

Vegetables, Red meats, Cooked sausages

Ratings and awards

201990 PK
201890 PK
201390 PN
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The approachable and affordable 2019 Artuke is the only 2019 bottled, and it can give us an idea of what's to come: softer wines that are gentle and can be enjoyed early on... This would be a village red from Baños de Ebro (their village) produced with Tempranillo and 5% Viura from terraced vineyards above the Ebro River at 420 to 550 meters in altitude on clay, limestone and sand soils. The full clusters fermented with neutral yeasts, and the wine was kept between three and six months in concrete. This is a textbook example of the category, vintage and grape, with intense aromas of black raspberries and licorice. The palate is soft and round, juicy and with moderate alcohol, very balanced and clean. They harvested it a little earlier, and it might have a little more Viura, which seems to have helped with balance and freshness. This clearly over-delivers for the (incredible) price. 70,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Guitiérrez (30/10/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 90 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.1/5
12 reviews
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Wine making

Vinification materialStainless steel / Cement

Vineyards

Vine ageBetween 20 and 120 years
SoilCalcareous-clay
ClimateContinental with atlantic influence
Altitude420.00 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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