Red Wine Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2018

Crianza red wine from Rioja. Tempranillo & Graciano aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.

Crianza. 16 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 14º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Rioja
Grapes Varieties: Graciano, Tempranillo,
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Availability: In stock

€18.50
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Produced by Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke, Artuke Finca de Los Locos is a Spanish red wine made from a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano.

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 estate at 550 metres above sea level. Located in an area of La Rioja in which no one had ever thought of planting vineyards, the locals said that the prospect was utter madness. That is how The Mad Men Estate was born.

At the beginning of the 80s, the first grapevines were planted in the Paraje Peñaescalera. After much hard work, the winemakers discovered that the quality of the wines that came from that plot was unparalleled in the region.

This remarkable 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 2018 is a wise purchase. Less than 8,000 bottles produced.

Decant 1 hour before drinking.

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Appearance

The wine Artuke Finca de los Locos shows a dark, intense cherry robe with a bright garnet rim and some violet tinges.

Nose

This seductive 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.

Palate

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 2018 goes well with roast suckling lamb and potatoes, or, even better, with "cochinillo" (roast suckling pig), that Spanish gastronomical delight.

OTHER VINTAGES

Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2017:

Enterwine 93. Parker 94. Tim Atkin 94. James Suckling 92.

Artuke Finca de Los Locos 2016:

Enterwine 94. Parker 93. Peñín 93.

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:

Parker 91

Year 2018
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 40-60 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 16
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 93
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
Reviews
2 Reviews
locos
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Terrific Rioja. A wine with a great personality, really deep and fascinating.
Review by (Posted on 2 July 2018)
New rioja
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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!!
Review by (Posted on 23 October 2017)
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