jueves, 4 de abril de 2013

Tuercebotas 100% Graciano 2010, La Rioja, Spain


TUERCEBOTAS 100% GRACIANO 2010, LA RIOJA, SPAIN

- Tasting notes: "Intense cherry colour with very bright purple rim. Very fresh aromas of wild berry fruit and herbs, hints of cigarbox, toasted notes from the French oak. On the palate it is powerful, complex, meaty with mature ripe cherry fruit, very compact and integrated with firm sweet tannins. Lovely fresh aftertaste, very elegant and distinguished". burridgewine

WFS Awards 2012 - selected in Top 100 New Wave Spanish Wines

- Wine making: Very limited production of only 4000 bottles, Tuercebotas is one of the few Riojas made from 100% Graciano and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels.

- Philosophy: ‘This wine is for all those people of good faith who twist their boots tirelessly to carve paths we can all move along.’ A homage to those who work the land.

- Winery: Established in 2001, Bodegas del Medievo is an exciting new winery situated in Aldeanueva de Ebro (La Rioja) about 50 kms from Logroño, the capital of DOC Rioja. They are located in the Rioja Baja, in the southeast of the region where the climate is warmer and more Mediterranean than the Alta and Alavesa. They own 220 hectares of vineyards which include the main varieties, Tempranillo 65%, Garnacha 20%, Mazuelo 10% and Graciano 5%. Their vineyards extend across the highest areas of Aldeanueva on the fringes of Mount Yerga at about 600 metres above sea level. The soil in this area is essentially clay-calcareous, poor in organic matter which, combined with the low average rainfall of 400mm and the altitude of its vineyards, provides optimal conditions for the cultivation of healthy grapes with great intensity of colour and hence producing wines of an unquestionably modern character. They produce young red, white and rosé, Crianza and Reserva wines.

Bodegas del Medievo’s objective is to produce high quality wines with a modern wine-making style thereby crafting outstanding, fruit driven wines of great elegance. The winery is equipped with the most advanced techniques and modern facilities, occupying an area of 3500 square metres. They have the capacity to elaborate 2 million kilos of grapes and have 2500 barrels (80% American and 20% French oak), the complete wine making process monitored meticulously by their oenologist, Santiago Garde. The Reserva was selected from over 1200 wines and included amongst Spain’s best 100 wines at the Off Licence News Tasting in November 2010.

- Price: £15.00

GRACIANO GRAPE VARIETY

Graciano is a black-skinned grape variety that is rarely seen outside its home territory in northern Spain. Principally located in Rioja and Navarra. Graciano is one of those grape varieties that are more likely to be mentioned on the back label than the front. It is highly prized for its intense aromatic properties, but is notoriously low-yielding in the vineyard. Consequently, it is not widely planted and typically appears alongside Tempranillo and Garnacha in various interpretations of the red Rioja blend.

Graciano's less-than-generous crops, coupled with its susceptibility to downy mildew, make it an awkward variety for commercially focused wineries. In the 20th Century, many large-scale wine producers pulled their Graciano vines in favor of the more fashionable (and commercially rewarding) Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Graciano remains very important to the regional wines of Rioja and makes its presence felt even when only small volumes are added to the blend.

The flavors of varietal Graciano wine are dark and concentrated, often showing licorice scents with a spicy element. It has high acid and medium tannins, making it an excellent complement to Tempranillo, its old partner. In practical terms it is often compared to Bordeaux's Petit Verdot. in that Graciano is full of personality yet typically appears in wines only in single-figure percentages.

In France, Graciano is grown to a limited extent in Languedoc-Roussillon, where it is known as Morrastel. This is confusing, for two reasons.
First, the name Morrastel is also a synonym for Monastrell, and second, French Morrastel is often called Morrastel-Bouschet (it is a hybrid of Petit Bouschet and Graciano). Mercifully, plantings of French Morrastel are extremely limited, and almost always appear in Vin de Pays blends, making the need for varietal identification virtually obsolete.

Reports on Graciano's aging potential vary greatly according to production methods. Fresh and ready Tempranillo - Graciano blends are best consumed in their youth, while more sophisticated barrel-aged Rioja blends may be cellared for many years.

Synonyms include: Graciana, Morrastel, Xérès, Tinta Miuda, Tintilla de Rota, Minustello, Parraleta.

Popular blends include: Red Rioja Blend.

References: burridgewine and wine-searcher

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