With this varietal Graciano you’ll get complex and intense notes of leather, white flowers and violets, strawberry jam, black pepper, tobacco, and a hint of menthol. The palate is full with gooseberries, cranberries, red cherries, and strawberry jam as well as pepper and dried oregano. The finish is long, as is the aging potential with this wine. Drink now or hold for the next 5 to 7 years.
Elevation: 3300 ft. Soil Type: Eolion Sand
Though Graciano may be familiar to wine drinkers experienced in Rioja wines, the grape has until recently been a rare find in Texas. This block is coming from Lahey Vineyards in the Texas High Plains where it is just coming into maturity. This block has been carefully hand harvested the last two years running and it is this special care that has helped earn it a place in our Signature Serious. It is, however, Graciano’s intense aromatic characteristics and tannic structure that have earned the variety a permanent role in the Pedernales Cellars blending program. We are looking forward to many future vintages where Graciano can play a part in accompanying Tempranillo in a traditional blend, or on it’s own as a varietal wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Manchego and other aged cheeses, tomato based foods, margherita pizza, pastrami and pepperoni.