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Graciano 2009

Spain » Rioja » Baron de Ley » Graciano 2009

Summary

"We have created Barón de Ley Varietales range as a homage to the Riojan varietal diversity; to the elements that have built the prestige and reputation of this, our land, through the centuries.

From the very beginning the vineyards have been our primary focus at Barón de Ley. Inspired by our “chateau” philosophy we have always aimed at expressing the climate, soil and varietal character of our vineyards. As a result, Barón de Ley now has a superlative vineyard holding that combines the omnipresent Tempranillo with other varieties that represent the least known face of Rioja.

We felt that those varieties, destined to increase the complexity of the current blends in our range, also demanded special wines from us, unique wines that could show our identity throwing some light on its reverse. Pure, untamed varietals which will help in a better understanding.

As a consequence to the investments over the last 10 years, the Baron de Ley Group has become by far the biggest owner of non-Tempranillo vineyards, comprehending 90 Has. of Garnacha, 64 of Graciano and 31 of Maturana tinta."-Victor Fuentes | Baron de Ley

Terroir: This 100% Graciano is sourced from Baron de Ley's Los Almendros estate in Rioja Baja which sits at over 1500 feet in elevation and enjoys a more Mediterranean influence compared to Rioja Alta. Yields are kept low at 40-45 hectoliters per hectare.

Vinification: Primary fermentation occurs in stainless steel at cool temperatures over a period of 7 days followed by 3 additional days of maceration. Malolactic fermentation takes place over a period of 15 days in oak cask. The wines are aged for a total of 15 months in American oak casks.

Vintage Notes

The 2009 vintage has been rated as VERY GOOD, and it has been one of the earliest harvests in recent history. Winter was cold and rainy, but a very hot summer brought a growing concern on phenolic ripening, which was mitigated by the September showers that balanced very much the final ripening of the grapes.

Deep cherry color with blue notes reflecting its youth. Intense nose of red fruit, blackcurrant and vanilla. In the mouth it feels fresh, with intense flavors of red fruit and well assembled tannins. Good length. It matches perfectly game and duck confit, as well as red meat in general.

Varietal: Graciano: 100%

Recent Press

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds
    Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    "Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis and clove, with a smoky topnote. Fleshy and sweet, offering oak-spiced dark fruit flavors and notes of cola and vanilla bean. Dusty tannins build with air and add grip to a sweet, nicely persistent finish."

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Tom Matthews
    Date: Monday, October 1, 2012

    "This ripe, polished red offers cassis, plum and pomegranate flavors, with notes of coffee and licorice. The firm tannins are well-integrated, and there's enough acidity to keep this balanced."

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