ARTUKE – Pies Negros 2019

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Wine Description

Aroma The wine is very concentrated and intense with fruity, initially earthy notes that fade into the background after a few minutes.
Color The wine presents itself in a ruby red hue and is slightly lighter than its relatives from the other two parts of Rioja.
Palate Its acidity makes it seem fresh and fruity. It gives it a good structure. It is still very young and has a high tannin content. The wine should therefore be allowed to breathe for at least 20-30 minutes to become softer and rounder. It has a long lasting finish.
Overall result All in all, the "Pies Negros 2019" seems lighter than the wines from the other two regions of the D.O. La Rioja. Ca. La Rioja. The wine offers a very good price/performance ratio.
Match with ...rice dishes such as paella or risotto. It also combines well with pasta with tomato sauce, short roasted or grilled dishes.
Alcohol 14 vol%


Region D.O.Ca. La Rioja
Vintage 2019
Grape Varieties 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
Soil Light, loose clay and limestone soils
Height Approx. 450 - 550 m above sea level
Climate Continental climate with Atlantic influence, providing cold and long winters and warm summers. The harsh Atlantic winds are shielded by the Cantabrian Mountains.
Harvest Hand picking



Fermentation Malolactic fermentation in steel tanks. 15% in new wooden barrels.
Maturation 11 to 13 months in used 250l and 500l French oak barrels. 10% in concrete tanks.
Maceration 12 days at 28ºC



Robert Parker 93/100
Guia Penin 91/100



Luis Gutierréz the critic Robert Parkers wrote in 2018:

"The 2018 Pies Negros was made from grapes grown in the Sierra Cantabria in the village of Ábalos, so it's another village wine, even if it's not officially recognised as there is no winery in Ábalos! It is a blend of Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, fermented from destemmed but uncrushed grapes with indigenous yeasts and aged for 12 months in 500 litre oak barrels, except for 10% of the volume which was stored in concrete for that time. It has not stopped growing in the glass and the flavours are subtle and elegant. Since they have been working with larger oak containers, they have had to learn to work in more reductive conditions; they seem to have mastered that now, at least with some wines, like this one. The wines are more subtle and less immediate than the barrel-aged wines, and this long-cycle vintage tends towards that wine profile. The palate is very balanced and fresh, with a core of red fruits, bright flavours and very good precision. 70,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in two lots; the one I tasted is from December 2019."

FTF comment: "Artuke is constantly striving to improve the quality of their wines. This is reflected in the ratings, which have steadily increased over the years from 89 points in 2014 to 93 (2018) iand 92 (2020). The lack of a rating for 2019 is probably due to Corona. 


  • SKU: 01-70-001-01
  • In Stock: 6
  • Weight: 1.5 kg
  • Product Type: Rotwein
  • Brand: Artuke

ARTUKE – Pies Negros 2019

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