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“Freshness, concentration and power”

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Graciano.

2017 VINTAGE PRODUCTION

2.221 bottles.

VINIFICATION

Manual grape harvest of each grape variety in small ten-kilogram tubs. Cooling in cold room until the temperature of the grapes goes down to 3 °C. Double selection of clusters and grains, with mild destemming and crushing. Individual vinification of grapes from El Tablar de Zorraquín and El Cerrado. Gravity-fed into French oak vats with no pumping. Cold macerated and fermented for 22 days with native yeast strains. Gravity racked to new and second-year French oak barrels before malolactic fermentation.

AGEING

18-month stay in barrels from different cooperages, with different toasting levels and origins, without racking and remaining over lees until bottled, with periodic bâtonnages during the first months. The wine is bottled without filtering or fining, so a small amount of natural precipitate may appear over time.

THE BOTTLE

Our bottle is inspired in an original eighteenth-century bottle that is on exhibit at the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine.

TASTING NOTES

Intense, deep purple, almost opaque. Intense aromas of ripe dark fruit (blackberries, plums) against a profusion of floral (violets), chocolate and menthol aromas. Very well-balanced in the mouth, with ripe dark fruit. Fresh with a very long, complex and persistent finish.

PAIRING

Red meat —beef, venison in chocolate sauce, foie gras with blackberry jam.

EL TABLAR DE ZORRAQUÍN Y EL CERRADO

The 2017 vintage reveals the uniqueness of our vineyards East of Logroño, in the Rioja Oriental subregion. On April 28th, a tremendous frost ravaged a significant share of the vineyards in Rioja Alta; yet it was barely felt in the Eastern part of Rioja. The destructive freeze was so localized, it would became a definitive difference between the two growing areas. That year, Alta and Oriental shared early bud break and the absence of rain during the winter and spring. Our Graciano plots in Tudelilla and Villamediana completed their growing cycle fighting both problems; nevertheless, the harvest’s low yields favored the variety’s complete maturation. A long growth cycle is key for Graciano to display its full potential, and the conditions were beneficial for the fruit to reach complete ripeness. The ironies of a vintage that will go down in history as “the year with ice in April”.

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