Rioja Graciano 2014

75cl Bodegas Viña Ijalba Graciano Spain > Rioja Spicy, robust and punchy
Ijalba Graciano was the first single varietal Graciano in Europe and Viña Ijalba own the largest Graciano plantation in the world. Historically used for blending with Tempranillo to add depth and colour, it expresses its exuberance with a deep red- violet colour, and a delicate fruity and very intense aroma. Very silky and full bodied in the mouth.

Discovering Viña Ijalba ended our three year search for a top quality Rioja producer. At a recent tasting of countless Rioja wines, the Ijalba wines really stood out for their purity of fruit, elegance, freshness and judicious use of oak. The winery was founded in 1975 and currently has 80 hectares under vine, farmed organically. Ijalba has indeed, gained much acclaim both within Spain and internationally for their terrific work with organic viticulture, as well as their championing of obscure varietals. The wines are amongst the few modern Riojas that truly impress with their balance and style, without sacrificing Rioja “soul”. The winery was the first Rioja winery to convert to organics, and unusually for the region, all grapes used for the wines are 100% estate-grown.

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