Artuke "Finca de los Locos" 2015
"The single-vineyard 2015 Finca de Los Locos was sourced from 2.8 hectares of vines planted in 1981 in their village, Baños de Ebro. The village suffered four hailstorms in 2015, the last of which happened the 31st of August, so the affected vineyards had to be harvested on September 3rd. Half of this plot was affected, and they lost maybe 30% of the grapes. The blend is approximately 78% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano and 2% Viura, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels and one 3,500-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This is the year when they introduced the larger casks, and the wine shows it. I think the fact that they had to harvest early because of the hail probably provided an unusual freshness for the vintage. It's very tasty and nicely balanced, with fine tannins and acidity that lifts up the wine. 6,000 bottles were filled in December 2016."
92 Pts. Luis Gutierrez / Wine Advocate