2010 Rio Madre Graciano Rioja

SKU #1085701 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining purple. Highly aromatic bouquet offers dark berry and cherry compote scents along with spicecake and licorice. Chewy tannins firm and focus the wine's deep bitter cherry and cassis flavors, which are complemented by notes of cracked pepper and spices. Finishes with building sweetness, an echo of licorice and impressive persistence, especially for a wine at this price.  (10/2011)

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 *Best Buy* Dark in color, with plum, berry and medicinal aromas. Round, full and in good shape, with dark plum, blackberry and a lot of oak for a $10 wine. Finishes creamy and big, with a spicy aftertaste. Plump and solid for value-priced Graciano.

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Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2012 | Send Email
If you don't know this grape, you are not alone. It is a blending grape in Rioja. Used to give Rioja wine's it's floral bouquet and age ability. Wow, on it's own it's deep, dark, and concentrated!I know it is a difficult grape to grow, but it is worth the effort! Lamb burger, Please!

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