Artuke, 2021 Tinto, Rioja
$278.40/ 12-bottle case
This is 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 were 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.
90 points - Luis Gutierrez (Robert Parker)
About the producer
Artuke Vineyards and Winery is a small family winery that makes use of the new technologies. Here tradition and innovation meet in the 16 hectares of vineyards. One of the top young producers in Rioja today.