2011 Viña Ijalba Graciano Rioja

SKU #1256445 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I thought the 2011 Graciano was showing quite well. It’s not an easy grape variety to handle but here they have managed to extract the best aromas of violets, blueberries and plums, and keep a clean palate with fine-grained tannins, good acidity, and purity of flavors, good balance and length. A great example of Graciano at a very good price. Drink 2014-2019. Vina Ijalba was one of the first wineries to jump onto the bandwagon of the new Rioja grape varieties, and is one of the few bodegas to offer a Maturana Blanca wine. I believe they were the first to release a varietal Maturana Tinta, which today we know is nothing other than an obscure cousin of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere family almost extinct in France, where it’s called Castets. (LG)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Black fruit flavors of plum and blackberry mingle with chocolate and licorice notes in this expressive red. Firm, well-integrated tannins focus the ripe fruit. Balanced, with good density. Drink now through 2021. (TM)  (5/2014)

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