2017 Finca de Los Locos, Artuke, Rioja, Spain
Regular price £21.95
"The first of the single-vineyards is the 2017 Finca de Los Locos, from a plot planted in 1981 in a terrace of Baños de Ebro at 120 meters above the level of the river, on gravel and sandy soils rich in limestone. It's mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and a 2% pinch of white Viura fermented uncrushed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels and two 3,500-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This wine has evolved tremendously since they moved away from the 225-liter barrels; and the priority now is to use large vats, and the remaining wine goes to large barrels. This represents a new level in this wine, which feels lively and vibrant, with great texture and nicely integrated oak. The nose is expressive and floral, with great elegance, the wine has a chiseled palate with very fine tannins and freshness. Plain great and with great finesse. I'd love to be able to time travel to see what this wine looks like in a decade from now. 11,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2019." Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate - Drink 2019-27 94Pts.