Rio Madre 2011
Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: "The same characteristics are also present in the 2011 Rio Madre. It exhibits slightly riper blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of licorice, wood smoke, camphor and a vivid floral display. These cuvees are aged in French oak prior to bottling. Both should drink well for 2-5 years (2012-2017). Oct 2012
Winery: "Graciano is a Rioja grape which adds so much to the Rioja blend: great color, good acidity, wonderful blue/purple fruited lively fruit. Rarely is it bottled as a single varietal wine, but on the rare occasion that it is, and it's affordable, it is worth checking out. Enjoy this delicious, bright, blue fruited, slightly spicy wine with anything from steak frites to roasted chicken, or simply with a light dinner of Spanish tapas such as tortilla, chorizo al vino or sauteed mushrooms with garlic."
Cool Winery Facts: Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce was founded by the Escudero family in 1940. The fourth generation of this family of vintners is now working on the wines. All aspects of the wine making process are shared by the entire family, which exemplifies their dedication and passion for the art.
Wired For Wine: We know you're busy, so we'll be brief...
-Today's ridiculous red value: Bodegas Y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre Graciano
-The lowdown: It's a little smokey, with juicy fruit and good acidity, a touch of spice and floral notes. In short, very drinkable.
-Food option #1: Tapas all the way baby! Spicy sausage and cheese tortillas, Spanish stuffed tomatoes, grilled lollipop lamb chops and garlic-marinated black olives, or see winery suggestions above.
-Food option #2: Beef chili with all the trimmings...
-Food option #3: Fettucine bolognaise.
Easy as pie...
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 100% Graciano
Aging: 10 months in French oak barrels
Region: Alfaro, Rioja, Spain
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