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2010 Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rioja, Spain ‘Rio Madre’

2010 Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rioja, Spain ‘Rio Madre’ Zoom

This expressive Spanish wine offers notes of cranberry, red berries, leather and white pepper.

Varietal: Graciano Vintage: 2010
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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.

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Tasting Notes

  • 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.

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Stephen Tanzer

(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.

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