Caecus Graciano Selección Familiar 2018

Winery Pago de Larrea

Region Rioja, Spain

Grapes Graciano 100%
ProfileDeep purple on the center, with blue hues on the rim. Very aromatic with wild blueberries, aromatic herbs and anise, mint and eucalyptus. The tannins are assertive and the wine has very good acidity, so the time in bottle will increase the quality.
Grape GrowingLuis’s seven hectare vineyard is a single plot of land on the Ebro River. Near the river the vineyard’s soil is sandy. Limestone is concentrated in the upper part. This sub-region, Rioja Alavesa in the Basque Country, is the only one that receives its weather influence from the Atlantic Ocean via the Bay of Biscay. Weather comes off the Atlantic and is blocked by the Cantabrian mountains, but the wind comes down and over to cool the Alavesa. Temperatures here can be a full 15 degrees cooler than in Rioja Alta (Haro) and 25 degrees cooler than the Baja (Logrono). It is prized for its elevated levels of acidity and lower alcohol. Organic farming is easy and the normal practice of small vineyards in this area. Cooler climate allows lower alcohol and higher natural acidity.
WinemakingLate harvest on November 6th, almost one month later than the rest of the vineyard, to ensure the grapes obtained the correct acidity and sugar levels. After the alcoholic fermentation with controlled temperature in stainless steel tank, the wine was aged in a new French oak barrel for 4 months.
More About the WineThis is the third year this wine was produced and will be shown to the public outside the family. After two years of trial, the inaugural vintage of Selección Familial Graciano was released to us in 2017.

Wine Data

Alc13.3

PH3.54

TA3.25

Sulfur50ppm

Soillimestone, sand

Altitude451m (1480ft)

Vineyard Age5 years

Production Size500 bottles

PairingGrilled octopus, goat, lamb, paella, duck, beet salad, chorizo, steak tips, philly cheese steak Cuisines: Spanish, Provencal, American, Portuguese/Brazilian Churrascaria

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