Graciano is a grape that loosely translated means ‘grace’ in Spanish. It is the yin to Tempranillo’s tannic, muscular yang, and is used throughout the Rioja region in Spain to blend with Tempranillo along with Garnacha and Carignane. There are some Rioja wines that are made with 100% Graciano, though they are quite rare. We felt this wine deserved its own bottling.
Our Graciano, from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, has a deep, vibrant purple color with aromas of cherry, rose petals and herbs de Provence in the nose. It is medium bodied and silky on the palate yet bright with lively acidity.
I like to serve this wine with a little chill on it, like they do in Europe with lighter bodied wines. It will complement a variety of grilled meat, poultry, grilled fish as well as a refreshing complement to spicy dishes.
100 cases were produced.