2005 Heretat de Taverners Graciano Valencia (Previously $20)

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Graciano spent 14 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It is dark ruby/purple-colored with an expressive nose of balsamic, pepper, spice box, cedar, and black cherry. Forward, full-flavored, and layered, it is meant for near-term gratification. It should provide pleasure over the next 6-8 years." 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Powerfully aromatic bouquet combines blackberry, cassis, smoky minerals and vanilla. Supple dark berry flavors display good depth and clarity, picking up minerals and dusty tannins with air. Finishes with impressive energy and persistence." (Jul/Aug '08) At Heretat de Taverners there are records of grape and wine production since 1738. Not unexpectedly, this 100% Graciano-based red is from very old vines, and you know what that means: depth, concentration and lots of flavor.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2010 | Send Email
Our Spanish wine buyer, Joe Manekin, brought in one of the most incredibly unique Rioja-like reds that I have ever tasted, produced from a native grape (Graciano), in the Heretat de Taverners 2005 Graciano Valencia. There are records of this wine being produced from these native grapes since 1738. Given 90 points from the ivory tower of the International Wine God and also by Stephen Tanzer (The International Wine Cellar), this deeply colored, high profiled wine is rich and opulent in the nose. The heady aromas carry over nicely to its intense fruit-filled palate of cassis and currants, with slate-y mineral and meaty undertones, incredible structure, silky tannins, amazing complexity that would stand-up to many First Growth Bordeaux, and a finish that is warm, long, and intense. This puppy will age easily another 8 to 12 years, but Anderson wants to make it one of our house reds for the next three to five years. 14.5% abv
Drink from 2013 to 2022

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5