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Rio Madre Graciano Rioja 750ml 2011
Sku: 37374
This is one of the best values we have found in a very long time. The Graciano grape is very rare in the world. Oz Clarke’s Encyclopedia of Grapes states that only 1000 acres of Rioja’s 1 ...more
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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Graciano
Type: Still wine
Reg. $10.99
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This is one of the best values we have found in a very long time. The Graciano grape is very rare in the world. Oz Clarke’s Encyclopedia of Grapes states that only 1000 acres of Rioja’s 125,000 acres of vineyards is planted to Graciano vines although that number continues to rise. It is a difficult grape to grow. It buds late, is susceptible to mildew and does not yield a lot of fruit. It also does not enjoy above average summer heat. It is usually blended with Tempranillo-based wines to add a floral dimension like Petit Verdot is used in Bordeaux to add a bit of complexity. Cuné, Artadi and La Rioja Alta make beautiful majority-based Graciano that sell for around forty dollars and up. That is what is amazing about this wine by Bodegas Ilurce’s Escudero family. Their vineyards near the town of Alfaro produce great fruit and they released this new label imported by Dedham’s own Spanish wine expert Jorge Ordoñez. This medium-bodied, licorice and violet scented wine exudes blackberry and cherry flavors. The clean finish is bright and assertive. This red over-delivers for the money and is so cheap we recommend you buy two at a time.
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Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce is a family company founded by grandfather Amador Escudero Perez in 1940, after the Spanish Civil War, when he bought a winery located in Alfaro (La Rioja). But, in fact, the origin is the great grandfather (Juan Escudero) who was cultivating vineyards and making wine in 1850, in a village called Gravalos (La Rioja). In the old winery 3 generations (the grandfather, our father Amador Escudero Abad and us) have been making wines until 2010. In 1994 our father, Amador Escudero Abad, created the brand ILURCE making young red and rose wines. In 2000, we start to lay down wine in barrels, so the first Ilurce crianza wine (2000 vintage) was born in 2003. In those years, we started to export wines, so we need more facilities and our winery became small. In 2010, the Escudero Carra family started to make wine in a new winery, just built to develop new projects, new activities, … but without forgetting that the most important is our vineyards and the know-how inherited from our ancestors.