2010 Viña Zorzal Graciano Navarra

SKU #1088241

A great follow-up to the 2009, which was lauded by the Wall Street Journal, which called it "one of those rare wine finds that immediately excites with its explosive fruit, sheer drinkability and refinement." Graciano is a difficult to grow grape indigenous to the Rioja region. It adds color, intensely flavored fruit and acidity to the Rioja blend. Bottled here as a monovarietal, the 2010 Zorzal smells like wild strawberries and sweet basil, while the palate is tart and juicy, with anise, berry and meaty flavors, a hint of spice and savory green herbs characteristic of the grape. Delicious with pasta, cured meats or something off the grill.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
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This intense wine is a powerful argument in favor of this often-blended, low-yielding grape garnering more attention and respect as a single bottling. Made from thirty year old vines in excellent health, the fruit was fermented in both stainless and new French oak and aged for four months on the lees before light filtration and bottling. Highly-perfumed notes of fresh herbs, mulberry and wild strawberry fruit penetrate the nose, marked by a provocative palate of more juicy mulberries, violets and licorice, laced with vibrant acidity. Pair this lovely wine with grilled meats, preferably lamb, or a lentil and chorizo stew. You might find yourself singing like a zorzal!

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Navarra

Alcohol Content (%): 13