Weekend Wine Notes – Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra

Graciano, a black grape variety grown Spain, is sometimes used in small quantities to add an extra dimension to red wines from Rioja – Tempranillo is the main grape variety here. Varietal wines made solely from Graciano are harder to find, often expensive, and opportunities to buy affordable examples in the UK are rather few and far between. Therefore, when I saw Viña Zorzal Graciano retailing at £6.95 per bottle, I couldn’t resist buying one to sample this grape for myself.

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This wine has a lovely spicy aroma, full of mulberry and loganberry fruit with a dash of balsamic to boot. In terms of taste, it’s deliciously warming – spicy stewed plums, more mulberries and plenty of acidity to balance the fruit. There’s a very attractive, slightly rustic quality to this wine, which I like very much.

The Viña Zorzal Graciano easily makes it onto my re-buy list. At £6.95 a bottle it’s a steal, and a terrific opportunity to experience this grape variety on its own terms.

Wine stockist: I bought the Viña Zorzal Graciano (2011 vintage) from The Wine Society. Price: £6.95.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Wine Notes – Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra

    1. jacquiwine Post author

      I liked it very much, and it offered a great opportunity to try the grape variety on its own; it’s quite difficult to find affordable examples of single varietal Graciano over here in the UK. I hope you enjoy the Zorzal should you get a chance to try it sometime!

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