The 2020 Finca de Los Locos mentions Paraje Peñascalera, the place in Baños de Ebro, where they have a terrace that was planted in 1981 at 120 meters above the river with sandy and gravel soils with a high content of limestone that is currently being certified organic; the 2021 vintage should already carry the certification. It has a lot of finesse with subtle aromas and very integrated oak.
It's 78% Tempranillo, 20% Graciano and 2% Viura that fermented uncrushed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,500-liter oak foudres for one year. It was expressive from the moment I poured it in the glass, and the palate is velvety with bright acidity and very fine tannins, nicely textured and elegant. It's 13.9% alcohol and feels very limestone driven. 9,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2022.
Artuke has seen one of the best progressions in Rioja in the last few years and is one of the finest young family wineries in the region. They have 30 hectares planted between 1920 and 2013 in their village, Baños De Ebro and Ábalos, San Vicente de La Sonsierra, Samaniego and Villabuena de Álava and currently produce some 170,000 bottles.
I tasted mainly the 2020s (except the young 2021), a vintage marked by abundant rains during the months of June and July that caused crop losses due to mildew. The rest of the summer saw warm temperatures, and the harvest began in the second week of September, since the decrease in quantity meant that the harvest was a little earlier than the previous year.
Luis Gutiérrez / July 2022 Week 2, The Wine Advocate.