2016 Vina Zorzal Graciano

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2016 Vina Zorzal Graciano

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"The 2016 Graciano was produced with grapes from a vineyard planted in Corella (Ombatillo) in 1978 on clay soils where the grapes achieve good ripeness. They have been harvesting early and the wine doesn't have any green notes and the wine has 13.5% alcohol. They made a big change in 2015 with a softer vinification, which is even more noticeable in the fresher 2016. It matured in used oak barrels for nine months and the oak is perfectly integrated and folded into the wine. Very tasty Graciano with good ripeness. 40,000 bottles produced." ~ LG

Zorzal takes the Graciano grape to new heights with this inexpensive but outrageously delicious 35-year-old, organically-farmed vines in Spain's Navarra region (Rioja's overlooked neighbor). This is a generous, crowd-pleasing, and thirst-quenching red on the fuller side of medium-bodied. It is pretty and perfumed, with flavors of juicy purple plum, ripe red raspberry, and dark cherry, violet flowers, soft funky earth, spearmint leaf, cinnamon spice, smooth tannins, rich texture, and just enough acidity. Unfined, unfiltered, and fermented with native yeasts. Ariana Rolich