The name of this single estate wine -meaning "the Mad Men Estate"- has an interesting story behind it. In 1950, the grandfather of Arturo and Kike de Miguel, the current owners of the Artuke winery, bought a 28-hectare, high-altitude estate in an area of La Rioja in which no one had ever thought of planting vineyards. The peasants said that doing so was utter madness. This is how The Mad Men Estate was born.
At the beginning of the Eighties, vines were planted there. Very soon, the winemakers discovered that the quality of the wines that came from that plot was unparalleled in the region.
This Spanish red wine was vinified in a traditional manner. Meticulously harvested, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks. After that, malolactic fermentation took place in 500-litre oak barrels, where the wine was also aged for over a period of 16 months.
Before its bottling, this red wine from Rioja was only delicately filtered.
An age-worthy wine, Artuke Finca de los Locos 2016 is a wise purchase. Production of 8,000 bottles. Drink now until 2026.
Decant 1 hour before drinking.
The wine Artuke Finca de los Locos shows a dark, intense cherry robe with a bright garnet rim and some violet tinges.
This crianza red wine from Rioja begins with a subtle aromatic display of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries, typical of Tempranillo. Some mineral notes, hints of toast and cocoa and touches of clove and vanilla. In the background, some floral hints, Graciano trademark, accompanied by some undergrowth remembrances.
A velvety texture, bold and well-balanced. Notes of liquor-infused black fruit, lively exotic spices and subtle hints from the oak aging. Crunchy tannins, tense acidity and a delightfully elegant finish that slowly fades away, leaving distinctive wet mineral notes. This wine by Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke has a lot of things inside it, and only needs a little time to put everything in place.
|Our personal opinion||
Very personal and finely crafted, Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2016 goes well with roast suckling lamb and potatoes, or, even better, with "cochinillo" (roast suckling pig), that Spanish gastronomical delight.
Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2015:
Parker 92. Peñín 94. Enterwine 94.
Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2014:
Enterwine 93. Peñín 94. Parker 90.
Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2013:
Parker 90. Peñín 94.
Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2012:
Peñín 94. Parker 91.
Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2011:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||16|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 80%, Graciano 20%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cold meats, Cooked foods, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Mushrooms, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Terrific Rioja. A wine with a great personality, really deep and fascinating.
The "new" Rioja is beginning to produce some outstanding wines. This Finca Locos by Artuke is very pure, and it has a sort of straightforwardness and inner drive which, in contrast with the restrain of traditional Rioja, I find tremendously attractive. Oak is less present also, and the wine breathes freely. Superb!!