Pies Negros is a blend of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from (mostly) Ábalos and Samaniego. Reflecting the cooler 2018 vintage, it's dense, focused and comparatively restrained, with subtle 15% new wood, racy dark berry fruit and the balance and precision that are typical of the Artuke style. Nuanced and long on the palate.
Mainly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and (sometimes) Mazuelo
Since 1991 Miguel & Conchi Blanco have been making wines under the Artuke name: This is derived from the names of their two sons Arturo & Kike who are also involved in the family business. Bodegas Artuke is a 22 hectare estate in Banos de Ebro, Rioja Alavesa. This region is cooler than other parts of Rioja due to the influence of the Atlantic breeze.
The grapes come from vineyards in the village of Abalos which is about 600m above sea level. The vineyard located at the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountains and a cool Atlantic breeze gives this wine its character and freshness. Grapes are pressed in the traditional method by foot. Aged for 12 months in French & American oak.
This is always joyously dark and mouth-filling. Saturated plum, blackberry, and dark cherry fruit, earthy and rich with some darker almost spicy notes. It has lift and freshness, never heavy but plenty of concentration.