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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  • 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


  • 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...


  • OT is showing off with that Ultramarine, because no one can get it now.  ... ... I have had monovarietal Gracianos on occasion.  K&L imported one that was really inexpensive and tasty, and Pierce Family in southern Monterey County makes one.  Oz Clarke thinks it is the best grape of Rioja; he attributes its uneven yields and the fact that the... Read More

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  • Vino - that Failla Chardonnay is good wine. He did some Syrah too and it was ... the pioneer in getting the Graciano bottled on its own. It was always a minor blending grape but he doggedly put out monovarietal bottlings and these days there are a few people doing that. When you're in the mood for something Tuscan, try one of those if you can.... Read More

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


  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    I just think that average American wine drinker doesn't understand Spanish winemaking at this level. This was very good, very,very good. Dark currant, earth, herbs, spice and smooth tannins with matching acidity lead to a even finish that is succulent and inviting. Drink now or hold - decant for now - 90 points Pauk Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja 2014

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... by Noon is a Grenache-shiraz-graciano blend that is big, bold, fruity perfection-  an ideal example of the Grenache grape’s flexibility. Often sold as a cold-weather wine due to the massive flavors, when served properly chilled (60-64 degrees Farenheit or 16-18 deg... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime


  • 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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