The Graciano grape has long been fundamental to the wine industry in Rioja. Winemakers depend on it to add a wonderful floral bouquet and complexity to their blends. Rarely has it been used on its own. Several years ago we noticed that our estate grown Graciano vineyards, which surround the town of Alfaro, were capable of producing a wine which exemplifies the best that the grape has to offer. The deep, almost opaque color, the exuberant aromas and luscious flavors of blackberries and cherries tell you this is not a wine to be taken lightly but rather it should be enjoyed to its fullest.
The grapes for this wine come from vineyards that are approximately 20 years old. The vines are planted in the vaso system on chalky soils located at 600 m (1,969 ft.) above sea level.
The first vintage of this wine was 2010. Rio Madre is a project of Bodegas y Viñedos Ilurce and the wine-man Jorge Ordoñez, who select and blend himshelf this wine. As well, his company Fine States From Spain distributed this wine in a exclusive way.
The grapes are hand-harvested into small baskets to prevent bruising. The bunches are brought to triage tables for selection of only the healthiest, ripest grapes.
The fermentation temperature is between 68°F and 77°F. The long slow maceration enables us to extract great aroma and color potential. The complexity of the wine is enhanced by malolactic fermentation.
Notable Scores and Awards by Vintage:
- 2013: 90 POINTS Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds, September/October 2014 Issue #176
- 2012: 91 POINTS Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds, September/October 2013 Issue # 170
- 2011: 91 POINTS Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Robert Parker, October 30, 2012 Issue # 203
- 2010: 90 POINTS Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Robert Parker, October 30, 2012 Issue # 203
- 2010: 90 POINTS Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar Josh Raynolds, November/October 2011