An exploration of wine

584. Viña Ijalba, Rioja Graciano Crianza, 2007

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Book 4 Wine 584
£13.99; 13%

From exploring The VineYard’s Spain section, an unusual (but trendy) Rioja – 100% Graciano, with is normally a small blending addition, like Petit Verdot in Bordeaux. And I can see what it brings (and lacks). A good wine, though unlikely to be great. Super aromatics, but the palate not quite so impressive, and slightly short. Deep ruby / black. Youthful, overt, but ‘fresh’ nose: orange peel, dried herbs, redcurrant, fresh blackberry, then earthy spice, fresh leather, black pepper, cinnamon, cedar: complex. Soft, elegant, medium-bodied, redcurrant and blackberry flavours. Quite high acidity, with medium, ripe, slightly grippy tannins, with a gravelly, mineral undertow. A little short. Over time, floral aromatics develop too – violets.

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