Rioja, Spain; 14% ABV
$7 (I think) at the Richmond, CA, store on 4 Nov. Long gone from there.
I had seen the Graciano grape listed as a component of a number of Crianzas, but I had never seen it bottled on its own. So when I saw this bottling, especially with the “90+ Wine Advocate” addition to its label, I eagerly got a bottle. It was a very interesting experience, but I think I can see why it’s usually blended.
The wine was pretty tasty at first pour, with an aromatic nose, and showing fairly acid fruit of purple plum / cherry and black raspberry. It slowly improved as it aired over a few hours, to include nice complexities of violets / dark roses, black olives, and a little rosemary. However, even after it seemed to fully air after about three hours, the wine never integrated completely and the finish was still a bit rough and tannic. I can see how Graciano would firm up and add complexity to a wine, but this one, at least, was not really complete on its own. Still, it was pretty good for the price and an interesting experience, so I’ll go with Thumbs Up.