100% organic Graciano grapes; 13.5 ABV
La Mancha DO, Spain
$3 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 March
When I saw this bottle, I recalled that Graciano had been a component of other wines discussed here, but I had never seen one bottled on its own. I have become more suspicious of $3 GO wines these days, but I thought that it might be priced so low to entice people to buy something completely unknown. Anyway, the low price and my curiosity got the better of me, and I’m very glad they did. This is quite good wine for the price.
I decanted it off a small amount of sediment and didn’t taste it for about an hour. Then, and over the next few hours, the wine showed flavors of tangy, medium to darker purple plum, darker red cherries, hibiscus tea, earth, perhaps a little prune or kalamata olive, and supporting wood. The wine is not terribly striking, but is tasty and complex enough, has real character, and held up very well over the time we finished the bottle, with food and without. I’d say it’s a nice value.