Artuke, 'Paso las Mañas'
The Tempranillo for the Paso las Mañas comes from a single plot, El Chorro, that was planted in between 1999 and 2013 on clay and limestone soils. The holm oak on the label is a depiction of the actual oak in the El Chorro vineyard. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before fermentation takes place in 12k liter stainless steel tanks. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, with 15% in new oak barrels. Finca de los Locos is then aged for 12-16 months in 500 liter French oak foudre. The wine is then bottled with a soft filtration and without stabilization.
The name 'Paso Las Mañas' comes from a tradition which is celebrated on December 7 and consists of the village's young people burning bundles of lavender, ("their mañas") touring the town and scaring away bad spirits.
Artuke is a portmanteau of brothers Arturo and Kike de Miguel Blanco.
Learn more about Artuke here.
Rioja Alavesa, Baños de Ebro, País Vasco