Valenciso Graciano 2019

$112.00
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Valenciso Graciano 2019
Producer Valenciso
Region, Country Rioja, Spain
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 3
Product Code 20097-750

Organic. This rare, fine and perfumed Rioja grape comprises barely two per cent of total plantings in La Rioja Alta. Valenciso is lucky enough to farm several old-vine Graciano parcels based around the villages of Haro and Ollauri. Due to the cooler, Atlantic-influenced climate of northern Rioja, Graciano sometimes has to fight to ripen fully, and so this wine is only released in exceptional vintages. 2019 was one of those years, when the long growing season afforded slow and even ripening conditions.

This 2019 is just the second release, yet it’s already well up to the quality of this estate’s other releases. Naturally fermented in concrete vats and aged for 24 months in low-impact Russian oak.

A cracking showcase for the dark-fruited personality, freshness and structure that define the variety. A top-drawer, serious Rioja and made to age, with sweet tobacco, balsamic and plummy intensity.


Valenciso Graciano 2019

Reviews

“'Graciano has its fans,' says Luis Valentín and this wine could add a few more of them. Built on a foundation of acidity and tannin, it's peppery and intense with lots of damson and blackberry fruit, perfumed oak and the shuddering grip that's typical of the variety.”
93 points, Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Special Report 2022
“The lively 2019 Graciano wants to showcase the naked variety with high natural acidity with the balsamic character amplified by the use of Caucasian oak barrels for the élevage. It has 13% alcohol in a warm and dry year when the grapes ripened properly and kept a pH of 3.21 and 7.2 grams of acidity. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats and matured in oak barrels for 16 months.”
93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

Reviews

“'Graciano has its fans,' says Luis Valentín and this wine could add a few more of them. Built on a foundation of acidity and tannin, it's peppery and intense with lots of damson and blackberry fruit, perfumed oak and the shuddering grip that's typical of the variety.”
93 points, Tim Atkin MW, Rioja Special Report 2022
“The lively 2019 Graciano wants to showcase the naked variety with high natural acidity with the balsamic character amplified by the use of Caucasian oak barrels for the élevage. It has 13% alcohol in a warm and dry year when the grapes ripened properly and kept a pH of 3.21 and 7.2 grams of acidity. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats and matured in oak barrels for 16 months.”
93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

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