From a single organic vineyard in Rioja Oriental comes this robust and full-bodied Graciano, part of the Vine Roots series from Bodegas Corral winemaker, Carlos Rubio Villanúa.
Harvest is by hand in 10kg boxes with careful sorting and removal of stems prior to gentle pressing. Fermentation is in large American oak barrels under controlled temperature, followed by 12 months maturation in smaller new American oak barriques.
Deep red in colour and very full bodied, this has a brilliant nose of dark berries, dried black fruits and wood spice, hints of vanilla, cigar box, pencil shavings and mint overlaying cassis, prune and morello cherry. There’s eating and drinking in this, a huge structure of chunky tannins and juicy acidity support oodles of sweet black fruit, blackcurrant and mulberry over savoury, gamey flavours, and wonderful afters of clove, liquorice and mint chocolate.
Not for the faint-hearted but you only live once, serve up with your favourite cut of beef with a black pepper sauce.
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