About This Wine
For more than 70 years, the Ilurce estate has been making fine Spanish wines.
It’s a family operation, and the family’s winemaking tradition dates back to 1940 when Amador Escudero Perez bought a winery in Alfaro that remains in operation to this day — now owned and managed by his grandchildren.
“The doors of our winery are open to anyone who wants to feel the wine,” a family spokesperson says. But if you can’t make it to Spain’s Rioja region anytime soon, this bottling of Graciano — dubbed “Rio Madre” — is the next-best thing. Graciano often is included in fine Rioja blends that also embody Carignan and Tempranillo. But it also makes a wonderful varietal wine.
Its vines typically produce very low yields, which means the grapes are extremely concentrated — and that translates to assertive aromas and flavors in the finished wines. This may be the first Graciano you’ve ever tasted, but we bet it won’t be your last.
- Grape Composition:100% Graciano
- Grape Source:Rioja Growing Region of Spain
- Aromas & Flavors:Cranberry, Red Berries, Leather and White Pepper
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiona pepper steak, or Tex-Mex fare.
(80% garnacha and 20% graciano): Dark pink. Pungent aromas of red berry preserves, herbs and cinnamon, with touches of blood orange and anise. Pliant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors pick up a spicy quality in the middle palate, along with a hint of bitter citrus pith. Acts more like a light red than a pink wine, finishing with very good thrust and lingering spiciness. An outstanding value.