Our Selection for Wine of the Week August 13, 2012
2006 Graciano Rioja, Spain
Steeped in Spanish history, Valserrano dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. Its name was on the European map by 1898, when the estate began winning major winemaking awards. Although it has survived several name changes, the winery has remained in the same family and is now run by the great-grandchildren of founder Francisco Javier Solano y Eulate. With substantial vineyard holdings, it is able to maintain high quality and is known for great character of fruit. The average age of Valserrano's vines is over 25 years. Currently, the winery produces eight wines from a variety of Spanish grapes. The 2006 Graciano is made from 100 per cent Graciano grapes. Its layers of aromas include blackberry and black currant, leather, cocoa and tobacco. It is an intense wine that is packed with character and flavor. Pomegranate and black fruits hit the front of the palate with a deeper fruit note toward the mid-palate similar to tomato jam, and herbal, earthy forest floor notes lingering on the finish. Despite its density and pronounced black tea-like tannins, the wine manages to maintain zesty acidity. Serve it with grilled lamb chops, seafood pasta with a roasted tomato sauce or, for something simpler, try it with pulled pork sandwiches.