“Freshness, concentration and power”


100% Graciano.


1.089 botellas.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


The year was marked by a high level of rainfall, particularly in May. Rainfall totalled 539 l/m2 for the whole vintage, with 221.2 l/m2 only in May. The average annual temperature was more than half a degree lower that in 2007, going from 12.6 °C in the previous vintage to 12 °C in the 2008 vintage.

Given the high level of rainfall and low temperatures, ground cover was used to curb plant vigour. Early leaf plucking prevented excess production and, above all, resulted in looser clusters with smaller berries. Green harvesting was carried out in the midst of veraison in both plots. The grape harvest took place on 27 and 29 October in El Cerrado and on 27 October in El Tablar de Zorraquín.


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