2011 Rio Madre Graciano Rioja
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.
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
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.