2011 Rio Madre Graciano Rioja

SKU #1115618 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The same characteristics are also present in the 2011 Rio Madre. It exhibits slightly riper blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, wood smoke, camphor and a vivid floral display. These cuvees are aged in French oak prior to bottling. Both should drink well for 2-5 years.  (10/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Spice-accented aromas and flavors of black and blue fruits and cola, with notes of dark chocolate and licorice. Concentrated and powerful on the palate, with a spicy note building with air. Intense licorice, blackcurrant and bitter cherry notes linger on the spicy, youthfully tannic finish. Outstanding value here; there are very few all-graciano Riojas made, and they all cost a lot more than this one  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

Graciano is a Rioja grape which adds so much to the Rioja blend: great color, good acidity, wonderful blue/purple fruited lively fruit. Rarely is it bottled as a single varietal wine, but on the rare occasion that it is, and it's affordable, it is worth checking out. Enjoy this delicious, bright, blue fruited, slightly spicy wine with anything from steak frites to roasted chicken, or simply with a light dinner of Spanish tapas such as tortilla, chorizo al vino or sauteed mushrooms with garlic.

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2012 | Send Email
Word to your madre, this wine is tasty! All Graciano from near the Rioja Baja town of Alfaro, Rio Madre shows the true promise of this blending variety. Ever wonder the secret to those timeless Rioja gran reservas (hint: it's not all about the tempranillo....) Yes, Graciano is definitely enjoying its moment right now, and when you taste the Rio Madre, with its ebullient, juicy, lively fruit, you too will be singing its praises.

By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2012 | Send Email
You will be hard-pressed to find a better $10 bottle than the Rio Madre Graciano! Dark fruited with notes of licorice and exotic spice, this wine possesses great concentration on the palate. A good balance of tannin and acid makes this a over-achieving table wine. Don't miss out!

By: Mark Gibson | Review Date: 4/5/2013
I bought this blind on a K&L offer and what a ripper wine for $10. Graciano, a yet undiscovered gem makes wines of intensity yet lightness and with enough grape tannins to satisfy the serious red drinkers. This wine has it all and scores an extra half point for value. For $10.00 probably the best value red in the entire store. Blows the doors off most Californian offerings for $20.00.
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By: MartinD of ENOFYLZ Wine Blog | Review Date: 3/7/2013
Opaque carmine color with spicy ripe mixed berry, cola, and licorice aromas. On the palate, it's medium bodied and fresh with blackberry, pomegranate, cherry, spice, and mineral flavors. Medium long finish.

By: Scott Dodson | Review Date: 2/14/2013
All-Graciano Rioja. Silky but full mouthfeel, lots of blackberry and black cherry, some spice and anise, light tannins, smooth finish. Terrific value for everyday drinking, or enjoy with a beef tenderloin, roast chicken, or strong cheese.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5