Graciano 2014

Graciano 2014

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Winemaker Notes

Our 20 years of experience shows this grape to be a finicky, low-yielding late ripener which is consistent with a legend of how it got its name. Spanish growers who were offered the vine to propagate would reply, “¡No, Gracias. No!”. 

Limited Production Release
Only 69 cases produced. No discounts apply.

Awards, Ratings, Reviews

90 points, Wine Enthusiast
"Rare in Oregon (or anywhere this side of the Atlantic), this Graciano pushes a mix of pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry fruit front and center. It dips in the midpalate, then re-gathers with a mix of tea, coffee grounds and dark chocolate wrapping up the finish. Put this ringer into your next tasting of Spanish wines and you'll stump everyone."

Gold Medal, SavorNW Wine Awards

Outstanding!, Great Northwest Wine
"One of the most obscure Spanish grape varieties grown in the Pacific Northwest, Graciano has found a home at Abacela where founding winemaker Earl Jones has been doting on it since he established his vineyard in 1995. In those 20 years, he’s approved of it 20 percent when it came time to harvest, and 2014 vintage ranked among those for this single acre. Rioja winemakers traditionally use the low-yielding variety as a blender, but Andrew Wenzl accurately predicted the quality of these three barrels. It’s inky black with aromas of plum, dusty blueberry and milk chocolate. Smoky plum and pomegranate flavors offer juicy acidity and pleasing medium tannins akin to espresso grounds. This earned a gold medal at the 2017 SavorNW Wine Awards. Enjoy it with roasted lamb, charcuterie or smoked brats."

Goodness Graciano, Oregon Wine Press article

Technical Notes

Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
 
Appellation:  Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
 
Harvest Date:  27 September, 6 October 2014
 
At harvest:  Sugar; 23.6° Brix; pH; 3.36, TA; 7.5 grams/liter
 
At bottling:  Sugar; nil 
 
Cooperage:  French (100%), 50% 2 yo
 
Bottling Date:  14 April 2016
 
Alcohol:  13.6% by volume
 
Case Production:  69 (750 mL)