Graciano wine grape

A minor but high-quality component in red Rioja, richly-perfumed Graciano fulfills much the same role as Petit Verdot does in Bordeaux: adding aroma, colour and acidity to the blend.  It is occasionally used on its own to great effect, producing inky dark wines with intense black fruit flavours and strong acidity.
Low-yielding and disease-prone, it was in decline all through the 20th century but has enjoyed a resurgence recently.  DNA testing has revealed that lots of minor varieties across the western Mediterranean are in fact Graciano, including Morrastel in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon, Tinta Miúda in Portugal, Tintilla de Rota in southern Spain, and Minustellu on Corsica.  Sardinia has three: Bovale Sardo, Cagnulari and Muristellu are all clones of Graciano.

Decanting Club wines containing: Graciano

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