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Country of Origin: Spain
Region of Origin: Rioja
Typical Product: Red
Structure: Heavy
Climate: Warm
Soil Type: Unknown
Serving Temp: 58 - 63F
Ageability: 2 to 5
Blends: Rioja
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Other Names*:

Details


Graciano hails from the Rioja region of Spain.  According to Bokisch Vineyards, the first to produce a Graciano Varietal in the US, its origins go back to before the Roman Empire invaded Spain, roughly 2,200 years ago.  It is thought to be the oldest Varietal that is still produced in Spain.  Graciano is often paired with Tempranillo in the famous Rioja blends to impart a depth and spiciness that Tempranillo often lacks. 

It is rarely produced as a Varietal, not because it's lacking character but because it's so difficult to grow.  It has thin skins and yields a relatively small amount of juice,compared to other red Varietals.  It buds late, is prone to mildew in moist conditions and generally yields poorly.  Growing Graciano is usually a labor of love and not economics.  Because there isn't a lot of it, it's generally used as a blending agent.  Oz Clark draws the comparison to how Petite Verdot is used in Bordeaux wines.

Although high in acid, it's light in tannins so it's not suitable for extended aging.  It oxidizes quickly as well, so if a Graciano is opened, it's best to drink it or use a preservative quickly.

* used in California

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
Thomas Coyne Winery
 
2010  $18.00   
Fenestra Winery
 
2009  $25.00   
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