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Artuke La Condenada 2019 Rioja ~ RP

ARTUKE LA CONDENADA 2019 RIOJA ~ 80% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano, Garnacha, Palomino Fino ~ 14.0% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~

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Arturo & Kike de Miguel Blanco
DOCa Rioja
Spain

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LA CONDENADA 2019 | ARTUKE | RIOJA | ..RP

"I'm in danger of running out of superlatives to describe this remarkable field blend of Tempranillo with 20% Graciano, Garnacha and Palomino Fino, rescued from oblivion in 2012. This 0.8-hectare parcel of 100-year-old vines is one of Spain's greatest vineyards and has produced a stunning wine in cooler 2018: taut, precise and focused, with understated wood, chalky intensity and layers of wild herbs, dark berry fruit and sappy tannins."

98 Points | Tim Atkin MW | www.timatkin.com | Rioja 2021 Special Report | 14 February 2021

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"Their most special wine could be the 2018 La Condenada. It's from a single vineyard in the village of Baños de Ebro at 530 meters in altitude on sandy and sandstone soils. The 80% Tempranillo and 20% other varieties (Graciano, Garnacha and the white Palomino Fino) of uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months. This is always more floral and aromatic, possibly because of the finer, sandy soils. It's super elegant, subtle, aromatic and really attractive. It opens up very slowly in the glass, unfurling new aromatic layers with great poise and harmony. It's juicy and very precise, clean, defined like a laser cut, with symmetry and harmony. This has to be the finest vintage they have produced, and I think it's the best wine they have ever done. Well done! 800 bottles were filled in January 2020."

97 Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #251 | 30 October 2020

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"The Artuke family doesn't stop. They don't stop looking for ways to improve their vineyards and wines, and they have also recently purchased a further 3.2 hectares in the villages of Samaniego and Villabuena de Rioja. They now work a total of 28.9 hectares in Baños de Ebro, Ábalos, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Samaniego and Villabuena, all head-pruned traditional varieties, mostly Tempranillo but also some 15% Graciano and 3% Viura. The average age of their vines is around 30 to 40 years, and their total production is 150,000 bottles.

I tasted mostly 2018s, a "generous crop if it wasn't for mildew from a somehow challenging year that was cooler, and the ripening cycle of the grapes was longer. We started harvesting the 2nd of October and finished the 29th, so we had time to pick at a relaxed pace with cool temperatures and almost no rain." Two wines stand out in 2018, Paso Las Mañas and La Condenada, especially this last one. Their eponymous red is already from 2019, "a fruit-driven vintage with good ripeness and a harvest that started the 23rd of September."

I talked to Arturo de Miguel 20 minutes after they entered the last grapes from the 2020 harvest in their winery, and he was really happy with the quality and health of the grapes. They lost maybe 25% of the crop to mildew in June, as they work organically in the vineyards, but the grapes they picked were great and they kept the acidity. They will make a white for the first time, as they bought three hectares of vines that have quite a lot of Viura"

Luis Gutiérrez | Wine Advocate | October 2020

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La Condenada from Artuke is very limited with only around 1,000 bottles made per vintage. Artuke are making site specific wines in a region that generally obliterates these nuances through oak use and blending. This is from a single, sandy site at 520 metres altitude in Banos de Ebro. The vines here were planted in 1920 and are a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, Graciano, Cagazel (related to Palomino) which are fermented together in 600 litre oak barrels. La Condenada show wonderful freshness and balance. There is a floral perfume to the wine, which is elegant with super fine integrated tannins.

  • Drink: 2020 - 2035
  • Production: Only 800 bottles in 2019
  • Treatment: 12 months in 600-liter French oak barrels
  • Remarks: ARTUKE's owners and brothers Arturo and Kike have been growing and improving tremendously in the last five years. They are now one of the most exciting vignerons of the region! This is getting a really serious wine...