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Graciano is a red grape variety hailing from Northern Spain. Graciano is known for producing very low yields, but is prized for its rich black skin and ability to add concentrated aroma to any blend. Graciano grapes will be found in Rioja and Navarra, usually grown with Tempranillo and Garnacha to produce a Rioja blends. Graciano crops are susceptible to mildew, which deters commercial wineries from planting. However, small regional wineries in Rioja know the advantages of having Graciano, as only a small amount is needed in a blend to taste the effects. Graciano gives a dark and concentrated juice with notes of licorice and spice. The high acidity and medium tannin creates an excellent partner to Tempranillo. Graciano is often compared to the Petit Verdot of Bordeaux because it has a very sought after qualities, but will only be seen on the back label in small percentages. In the Languedoc region of France, Graciano is grown in very small amounts under the name “Morrastel”. Blends containing Graciano are typically best consumed young and fresh, but do have the capability of being barrel aged and kept cellared for years.

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Amaren Rioja Angeles de Amaren 2013

Amaren Rioja Angeles de Amaren is made from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano

Color: Cherry red with high robe.
Nose: Highly intense aromas with a pronounced content of fruit over a delicate background of oak. Lactic nuances and spicy touches.
Palate: Tasty and expressive with smooth, fresh tannins and balanced acidity. On the finish, it is long with reminiscences of red and black fruit. Fresh, lively and persistent.
Food Pairings: Mild curries, white meats in sauces, pasta with white and red sauces, grilled mushrooms, foie-gras, salmon.

Vineyards with an average age of 40 years.
Tempranillo and Graciano grape varieties have been processed and aged separately to preserve the fruit of Tempranillo and enhance the complexity of Graciano with its spicy qualities.
It is aged for 16 months in new oak (50% French, 50% American).

Mild curries, white meats in sauces, pasta with white and red sauces, grilled mushrooms, foie-gras, salmon

Burgo Viejo Rioja Graciano Organic 2018

The grapes here are coming from a 2-hectare single vineyard, grown organically, with a distinctive stony soil (it is an old quarry).

Looking for the highest harmony with the Environment we have made this red cherry wine with violet shades, structured and fruity. Blackberry and subtle spice. Structured, fullbodied but with smooth tannins.

destemming and light crushing of the grapes. 
Fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. 
Malolactic fermentation in concrete tanks.
Aged 3 months on the lees with frequent batonnage. (stirring of the lees)

Red meat, pasta dishes, Spanish tapas, medium matured cheeses.

Luis Canas Rioja Gran Reserva 2013

A deep powerful Gran Reserva from one of Rioja Alavesa’s most enduring family run wineries. The hillside terraced vineyards are sheltered by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains to the north from harsh weather extremes. Small plot production is utilized in this region of infertile chalky clay soil to produce clusters of excellent quality. Almost 900 plots are needed to complete the approximately 400 hectares of estate-owned or cellar-controlled vineyards, some with vines more than 100 years in age.

Tasting notes
Rich ruby red color. Intense and concentrated on the nose with warm, fresh notes of chocolate and cocoa. The barrel is present with notes of toasted wood, peat and smoke with spicy and black fruit touches. It is potent on the palate and shows nerve and good structure, an expression of wines from great vintages.


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