Graciano

Common synonyms: Bastardo Nero, Bois Dur, Bordelais, Cagliunari, Cagnonale, Cagnovali Nero, Cagnulari, Cagnulari Bastardo, Cagnulari Sardo, Cagnulatu, Caldareddu, Caldarello, Cargo Muol, Courouillade, Couthurier, Drug, Graciana, Graciano Tinto, Grosse Negrette, Jerusano, Karis, Matarou, Minostello, Minustello, Monastel, Monestaou, Morastel, Morestel, Morrastel (France), Mourastel, Perpignan, Perpignanou Bois Dur, Plant de Ledenon, Tinta de Rotilla, Tinta de Rota, Tinta do Padre Antonio, Tinta Miuda (Portugal), Tintilla (Jerez), Uva Cagnelata, Xeres (North Africa), Zinzillosa

Parentage of the grape: None found. It is an ancient variety.

History of the grape: Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mildew, and it ripens extremely late. Thus, the cooler parts of Rioja are completely unsuitable for it. Indeed, a local joke has it that the name of the grape comes from the typical vigneron’s response when asked to grow it Read more »

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  • Antano Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite darkpretty much, opaquein the glass. Modest barnyard nose. On the tongue I am surprised at the lack of fruitthere is some dark berry fruit there, but it is very light and pretty sour. Lots of dustiness which gives a puckery sensation. What do you expect for Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pata Negra Rioja Reserva 2009

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    Quite simply, this is a nasty bad wine. Tastes as though extremely over-ripe grapes, to the point of being raisins, were vinified and then aged in extremely over-charred barrels, and left in those over-charred barrels for about 4 years too long. I cant believe a) that other people liked this wine, and b) that based upon that, I bought more than ... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2015

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    Soft blackberry and cherry aromas with light flowers and a touch of black pepper on the nose. Light fruit notes of cranberry and cherry with a concentrated tar and spicy earth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva 2006

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    Dusty, earthy and smoky with a strong tendril of red fruit pushing out through the minerality, mostly strawberry and raspberry with some molasses and fresh spice. The palate continues the trend of dusty, meaty, earthy salinity warring with bright red fruit notes of strawberry, cranberry and cherry, finishing in a harmonious end that's even a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... 2006Garnacha, Tempranillo, GracianoDusty, earthy and smoky with a strong tendril of red fruit pushing out through the minerality, mostly strawberry and raspberry with some molasses and fresh spice. The palate continues the trend of dusty, meaty, earthy salinity wa... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Valdemadera Gran Reserva 2006

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    nice overall, but too much oak... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2010

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    Had this with dinner at Ruth's Chris. Felt like it still had a few more years until it reaches its peak.A bit pricey at RC given its retail pricing, but given the overall Wine List pricing, a bargain there. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • So, I received permission to go to Total Wine, yesterday.  (Yes, because ... that I think I've had is Graciano.  I may be wrong.  When I do have this one, I'll probably post on v v's "Something different" thread.I hate the label, but I love the name--Puccioni.  Does that sound like an Italian immigrant who came to California and did what he di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Zuazo Gaston Rioja Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Oz clark is a minority of one! Even Jesus, who makes Contino and has championed Graciano his whole life and who probably makes the best on in Rioja, doesn't think it's the best grape of Rioja. That would be like suggesting that Petite Verdot is the best grape of Bordeaux!Graciano is however, what some people consider key to the longevity of the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Attached picture is about "Cagnulari" grape, an ancient variety native of Sardinia, check out Giovanni Cherchi Cagnulari 2004.

    Comment by 45093Giorgio 45093 Giorgio


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