Wine Region: Rioja, Spain
Robert Parker 92 Pts - The young varietal 2017 Graciano feels very primary, with ripe black fruit and still too much oak for my liking, but it has beautiful floral notes underneath the spices and smoke. This is the first time they've bottled this wine, as they felt the Graciano grapes had ripened to perfection in 2017. It's a late-ripening variety that was harvested extremely late (the 27th of October) in an otherwise very early harvest. It's creamy and young, a bit strict in the palate where the tannins still cling to your teeth. It's medium-bodied and has notable acidity that, at the moment, combined with the tannin, makes it a bit sharp. It's a matter of waiting: it should come around with some more time in bottle. There are not that many Graciano bottlings, as the variety barely represents 2% of the Rioja vineyards. 1,708 bottles were filled in February 2020.
About the Winery
Valenciso is a remarkable birth in 1998 from its two founders, husband and wife, Luis Valentin and Carmen Enciso (thereby aka Val+Enciso = Valenciso). The couple has tremendous experience and previously worked with Bodegas Palacios during its modernization with consultant Michel Rolland. Experienced in both old and new world style Rioja, they have quickly positioned Valenciso as one of Spain's top wineries, which is the most modern of the traditional producers, or the most traditional of the modern producers.
Valensico has 28 years of wine background in La Rioja. VALENCISO distinguishes by following the Sustainable Viticulture practices, for using exclusively concrete vats, to facilitate the longevity of the wine, and for aging the wine in French Oak only.
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