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Rio Madre Graciano, Rioja DOCa, Spain, 2018

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Overview of the Wine

Rio Madre is the result of the efforts of Jorge Ordóñez and Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine from D.O.C. Rioja. Mostly known for its role in adding complexity to the wines of Rioja Alta and Alavesa, Graciano is a varietal that thrives in Rioja Baja due to the hotter climate. Graciano is a late ripening variety with a particularly long vegetative cycle, so it cannot ripen fully in Rioja Alta and Alavesa. As a result, although most northern Rioja wineries claim their blends include Graciano from their vineyards, most of them source their Graciano from Rioja Baja. Ordóñez discovered the quality of vineyards and Graciano in Rioja Baja, and partnered with Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine, which are very rare.

The grapes are sorted at the winery after the harvest. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel by indigenous yeast. The wine is transferred to first through third use barrels for malolactic fermentation.

Grape / Blend

100% Graciano 

Origin

Rioja DOCa, Spain

Tasting Notes from Winery

The vanilla and walnut character is strong here with dark-berry and chocolate undertones. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish.

From Ian Blackburn - Wine Buyer:

Glass staining purple, vibrant cranberry and plum fruits popping from the glass with texture, weight, and dense character. Aromatic and juicy--this is a daily pleasure bomb you will love! - Ian Blackburn 

Critic Reviews

James Suckling -  92 Points (2017 Vintage)
Jeb Dunnuck - 91 Points (2017 Vintage)
Jeb Dunnuck - 90 Points - (2016 Vintage)
Ian Blackburn - 91 Points - (2018 Vintage)

Product size: 750ml
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