Graciano is a variety of vine grown mainly in La Rioja , being one of those recommended by the Denomination of Origin. Currently, the graciano is being implanted in other wine-growing areas of Spain due to its great potential . It favors the aging of the wine. More tannic grapes and with greater color than tempranillo with which it complements very well.
2- Characteristics of the grape
Large , with homogeneous grains both in size and color.
Compact , with very marked shoulders.
Peduncle of medium length and little lignification.
Of small size , spherical section, of detachment difficult.
Very dark blue-violet epidermis.
Thick skins with lots of sheen.
Unpigmented pulp , low consistency and very juicy, with a slightly bitter and licorice flavor. With a short reddish brush.
Vigorous of vertical bearing.
Sprouting and late maturation.
Low fertility and medium-high productivity.
3- Adaptation to the agroclimatic environment of Graciano
-Variety sensitive to botrytis.
-Quite resistant to mildew and powdery mildew.
-Tolerates drought well .
-Adaptable to all types of soils , although it behaves better in fresh clay or calcareous soils.
-Although it is usually pruned in glass with short thumbs, it increases its production, maintaining quality, with long pruning if the face is not very high.
4- Characteristics of the grapes
-Graciano wine grapes give musts of a very intense wine red color but very easy to oxidize.
-With abundant pectins and low tannin content, with good acidity and high sugar content.
-With peculiar aromas of fresh fruit and bitter almond.
5- Oenology. Graciano wines.
-It produces wines with great aroma and longevity , which is why it is normally used to make blends with Tempranillo, as it greatly improves the whole, providing acidity, aroma and stability.
-Very used for crianza, reserva and gran reserva wines.
6- Graciano wine tasting.
It has a very intense red color with violet notes.
High aromatic intensity with spicy and balsamic notes, along with hints of toffee and vanilla and very ripe red fruits.
It is a long and wide wine that is silky at the same time. With a sweet and pleasant finish.
7- Pairing of Graciano wines
Graciano wines pair very well with red meats, Iberian meats, sausages or nuts and cheeses.
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