El Primero, Graciano, Garnacha, DO Navarra, Spain, 2018
The wine is bright, full of succulent fruit and a wonderfully perfumed example of a Graciano Garnacha blend. Over the years, some of the most delicious wines that we have tried have been those that have just finished fermenting. Tasting through the newly born wines in November each year, the vibancy, immediate appeal and downright deliciousness of juicy Garnacha, spicy, peppery Graciano just could not be ignored. It turns out that people over the centuries have also fallen in love with the "first" wines of the vintage. Tradition dictates that the wine villages on the pilgrim's trail of the Camino de Santiago would often fill the fountains in the village square with young wine for the pilgrims to refresh themselves with.
250 ha of vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soil at an average height of 400m above sea level. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards, coupled with the extreme climate, offer the perfect conditions for the production of great wines. Grapes are all hand-picked in early October. All the grapes are carefully selected and come from vineyards in Carcar. This wine is a blending of two native varieties of one of the most renowned appellations in Spain, the Ebro valley where Rioja and Navarra regions come together.
Pre-fermentative maceration cooling, pumpovers during the whole process, max. temperature of 27ºC and post-fermentative maceration of 5 days.
Time: 8 Months; Type: French & American 300L oak barrels; % oaked: 100; % new oak: 30;
Black fruits with mocha and spices on the nose. Fresh and bright, with a perfect balance of the acidity of Graciano and the sweetness of the Garnacha.
Incredibly versatile, this wine works well with meats, fish, pasta and spicy foods.