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Characteristics of Artuke La Condenada
Artuke La Condenada is a red wine produced by Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke in Baños de Ebro (Rioja Alavesa), D.O. Ca. Rioja.
Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke is a small family-run winery with a century-old tradition of cultivating vineyards. It was in 1991 when Miguel Blanco began his personal project of turning his fruit into wine. Later on, his two sons (Arturo and Kike, the acronym of whose names makes up the name of the winery) took over the company.
Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke has 22 hectares of vineyard, distributed over 32 plots between the municipalities of Baños de Ebro and Ábalos. The differences in climate due to the altitude and the types of soil make each wine subtly different. These wines are made ensuring utmost respect in the vineyard, using biodynamic methods and with as little intervention in the winery as possible. The result: wines with a great deal of character that clearly demonstrate the purity of each terroir.
Artuke La Condenada is a wine made with Tempranillo, Grenache Tinta, Graciano and Palomino grapes, from an old vineyard planted in 1920 in sandy soils with a sandstone subsoil, at an altitude of 520 meters.
They are harvested by hand and placed in 20 kg boxes. Once in the cellar, they pass over the selection table and are destemmed and selected by hand, berry by berry. Vatting is performed by gravity into a small 2000 liter tank, where it ferments and pigeage is carried out daily. The malolactic fermentation takes place in 500 liter French oak barrels. This wine is aged in 600-litre French oak fudres for 14 months. The wine is bottled after a gentle filtering and without stabilizing.
Serve at 16.0ºC
Mature cheese, Poultry, Roasted red meats, Lamb stew
This vintage, rated as "Very Good", was characterized by the hard frost that occurred when the vegetative cycle was beginning in mid-April, and by the subsequent drought. Except for these two weather events, the year passed normally, with the vintage displaying a perfect health status in the last phase of the cycle. The wines of this vintage are characterized by having a somewhat higher average graduation than 2016, with a very good aging capacity and a high percentage of fine and very identifiable wines.
Artuke La Condenada 2016 is a concentrated wine with structure and elegance. This vintage stands out for its finesse on the nose, with notes of ripe red and black fruit over a distinguished toasted aroma of aging. On the palate it is voluminous, with a lively mouthfeel and a fresh and very lingering finish.
It was a fairly balanced year until the harvest season arrived. The beginning of the cycle, in October, started with high temperatures, and it was not until mid-November that the first frosts began and the leaves of the vines began to fall to prepare for winter. Throughout the winter, rainfall was generous and water reserves could be secured for the growth cycle period. During the months of March and April, there was an increase in temperatures that led to the good sprouting of the plant. The growth cycle of the vines was suitable, and the sudden rise of temperatures resulted in quite a fast blooming. There was an optimal growth of the fruit, until the harvest season, when rains damaged the state of the grapes and caused a drop in production. This is a good vintage, but the last rains damaged the final result. The wines are good and can be drunk in the short- and mid-term, they have a medium body and material.
Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.