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A fresh and brightly fruity Spanish red made from the graciano grape in the Sanz family vineyards in Navarra, next door to Rioja.
Product Code: SP16431
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Antonio Sanz founded this estate in April 1989, with the help of two of his friends and fellow wine lovers, and it has gone on to achieve great popularity, particularly for its work with the lesser-known graciano grape native to the Navarra region. It is now run by the second generation of the Sanz family, brothers Xabi and Iñaki, who oversee sales and winemaking respectively. The brothers have injected a new lease of life into the portfolio, and were both responsible for creating the highly successful Zorzal wine range.The modern winery is in the village of Corella, in the Ribero Baja area of Navarra, the region which borders Rioja. It is a fertile area known for its wine, fruit and farming, with a Mediterranean climate and sun-drenched slopes bordering the river Ebro, making for excellent grape growing conditions.The Sanz family has 70 hectares of vines, some of which – including the graciano and garnacha used for the Zorzal range we buy – are over 35 years old. As well as graciano and garnacha, the estate grows tempranillo, mazuelo, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. In the winery, the team works hard to preserve the natural fruity character of its wines. To that end, the wines are fermented in stainless-steel tanks and the garnacha remains completely unoaked, whereas the graciano spends just four months in French oak.
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midweekwines.co.uk 3rd Jun 2021
one of those less well-known varieties ... an attractive example, from
Navarra, of the perfumed but “hard to grow” graciano grape.
Increasingly it appears in wines from Rioja next door where it successfully
adds intensity, aromatics and freshness to blends.
Medium bodied with a savoury twist, [this] brings us bright cherry and red
plum fruit embellished by good acidity, little tannin and a trace of
clove. - Brian Elliott"
"This wine revives memories of driving in Andalusia stopping for fuel in a garage that also has two large Wine barrels in reception marked Blanco and Tinto so you empty the dregs of your coke plastic bottle and fill it for 3 euros - when tasting you realise why it's that price - I would recommend this wine if you wish re-live that experience "
Mr Rhiddian Billingham (14-Mar-2021)
"not to my taste, rather thin and sharp."
Mr Barry Cope (07-Jan-2021)
"This is too heavy and aromatic for me. I note the other reviews and the description of the wine. I am a fan of Rioja but I prefer the lighter (less sophisticated?) ones. "
Mr Robert Purry (12-Dec-2020)
"Open decant, leave 12hrs and then you have a light but delish Graciano; not nearly up to the sumptuous 2016 vintage though. Straight out of the bottle its acidic, weedy, if i were being truthful, undrinkable....so persevere and its well worth the money. "
Mr James Brown (17-Nov-2020)
"I was looking forward to this wine. It sounded very interesting. But I have found that wines that some people find fresh I seem to find over-acidic. Obviously it’s all a matter of personal taste but this was much too acidic for me."
Mr Patrick Duffy (17-Oct-2020)
"Great value. Even better the following day. Silky and medium bodied with juicy/savoury red fruit. Some complexity too.
Mr Nanzino Pece (15-Sep-2020)
"I purchased this wine based on the positive reviews and in search of a good every day wine. For me I found it quite full and it had quite an acidic finish and not as fruity as described. I probably won't buy it again and I would prefer something with a bit more oomph! "
Mr Anthony Brinsden (08-Aug-2020)
"An alternative to Rioja. Sweetish fruit with slight spice, lightly oaked. Good value."
Dr Richard Cranage (27-Jun-2020)
The Scotsman (27th Mar 2021)
Graciano is one of the unsung heros in
Spain, prized for its deep colour and pepperiness in blends in Rioja. This
varietal graciano comes from neighbouring region Navarra. Gutsy rich red
which punches above its price tag. Loved its pepper and spice notes and lush
black fruit. - Rose Murray Brown"
Dr Jonathan Bone (14-May-2020)
"Herbaceous an peppery. A little thin on the finish but very nice and would order again."
Dr Pippa Lane (10-Apr-2020)
The Scotsman (21st Mar 2020)
"The ancient graciano grape is one of the unsung heros of Spain - and with its ability to tolerate drought and extreme heat we will definitely see more of it in the future. Gutsy, spicy and savoury. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Black cherry with cinnamon. Soft tannins. Handled a spicy potaje extremely well. Quite a short finish, but at this price it's a real bargain. Don't serve too cool."
Mr Richard Hadfield (03-Dec-2019)
"One of our regular favourites. For when we want something a little stronger and punchier than the "everyday" Cantoiseau."
Mr Bryan Pready (14-Oct-2019)
"The best straight from the bottle easy drinking red wine i've had this year. Delicious and spicy with a touch of mulberry, Graciano from this house gets better ever year and at this price!"
Mr James Brown (28-Sep-2019)
"Easy drinking, we got it for a Paella evening, it went down very well with everyone at the party. Glad i didn't look at the other reviews as probably wouldn't have purchased it. For the money it was good. Just ordered a case ready for the everyday drinking during the autumn evenings.
Mr Michael Kensell (09-Sep-2019)
"Didn’t enjoy this at all. One bottle corked and the rest disappointing. Using it for cooking."
Mrs Deirdre J Coward (31-Mar-2019)
JancisRobinson.com (20th Mar 2019)
"Interesting nose that
is both ripe and perfumed, very ripe red fruit plus something floral like
peonies. Those same flavours on the palate. A crowd-pleaser yet with sufficient
structure for the table. - Julia Harding"
"Very much like a cabernet sauvignon, but a bit lighter body, but stronger taste, with strong tannins, dry aftertaste"
Mr Matthew Utting (22-Jul-2020)
"Jammy, with a good combo of red and black fruits, cherries and plums standing out particularly. Dry with medium tannins and a decent finish. Not too complex or robust, but couldn't expect much more for such a decent price."
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (04-Nov-2018)
The Scotsman (20th Jan 2018)
"A very popular
bargain in our Spanish tasting - this gutsy Navarra red really delivers well
above its price tag. Typically graciano with its dense colour, intense black
fruits, mulberry scents and plummy fruits. - Rose Murray Brown"
The Scotsman (6th Jan 2018)
"I would highly
recommend the delicious spicy Graciano. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Despite the glowing press reviews I was not transported to Nirvana with this wine, fresh fruity nose was followed by tannins nothing could get through, all the other Zorzal gracianos have been good, not this one.
Even leaving half the bottle for a couple of hours made no difference, bottle variation again ?"
Mr John Wigglesworth (13-Dec-2017)
"Enjoyed this vino. We recommend a nice spicy Mediterranean dish to eat with it."
Mr Andrew Cook (03-Sep-2017)
"Perhaps not quite as good as the previous vintage, but its still fantastic value. Its just that little bit different, fruity, minerally and great on its own or with food."
Mr James Brown (29-Aug-2017)
"Very poor and not worth the money.
Perhaps consistency is a problem for this wine and certainly won't consider buying it again."
Mr Leigh Puddifoot (17-May-2017)
The Scotsman (4th Nov 2017)
"Star value buy: Voted
best value in our Spanish tasting – a gutsy red that delivers well above its
price tag. Typically graciano with its dense colour, intense black
fruits, mulberry scents and plummy fruits – for those who like big powerful
reds. - Rose Murray Brown"
The Scotsman (7th Oct 2017)
"Graciano can be quite
a bruiser, but with a little bottle age this grape has started to mellow. The
result is a wine with charming blackcurrant and dark plum aromas, very savoury
earthy notes with peppery hints and a distinct minerally finish made by brothers
Xabier, Inaki and Mikel Sanz. Rose Murray Brown"
Financial Times (17th Dec 2016)
"Graciano is a truly
graceful grape and this fresh, minerally version tastes almost as though it had
been aged in an amphora. - Jancis Robinson"
Decanter (2nd Nov 2016)
"A 100% graciano from
vineyards bordering Rioja. Blackcurrants and damsons dominate on the nose and
palate, which is bright and lively with a peppery, tannic grip and refreshing
finish. Despite little oak nuance this wine seems austere at first, so give it some
aeration before drinking. - Christelle Guibert"
JancisRobinson.com (21st Oct 2016)
cherry red. Extremely savoury nose – really quite aromatic. Round, without
corners, but some minerally bite and definite freshness. Masses of character
here. Tastes almost as though it had been aged in an amphora! Very good
value. 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
"Poor wine. Unpleasant taste. Couldn't even finish the glass... poured the rest away."
Dr James Cameron (14-Apr-2016)
House & Garden (6th Oct 2015)
"A match for Sybil
Kapoor's cheesy polenta with madeira mushroom ragout. - Joanna Simon"
"Graciano is an acquired taste, but unoaked and singularly obvious like this its fantastic, particularly at this price. Think Cab Franc and Petit verdot from the new world and tone it back so its a bit more austere, more ripe blackcurrants without any astringency. You need to decant it for a couple of hours to get the benefit but when you get it, you'll want more, and its then difficult to drink all those strawberry and vanilla Riojas again."
Mr James Brown (02-Aug-2015)
"A delicious (almost) Rioja and great value for money. We have repeat-bought this wine several times!"
Mrs Linda Walton (09-Feb-2015)
"A really useful red for winter days - sturdy, heart-warming and ideal with a Spanish chicken casserole."
Mr Harry Chapman (08-Feb-2015)
Mr Andrew Mason (30-Jan-2015)
"We found this wine to be characterless. Not awful by any means but also nothing to commend it. Certainly would not buy it again."
Mr Ivan Scopes (31-Jul-2014)
"This is a lovely wine and, given the price, something of a bargain. It has good length, rich damson flavours and stood up well to our steaks. Recommended."
Mr Rory Bremner (07-Jun-2014)
"This is delightful. Fruity with a touch of spice, and good length. As the wine is neither filtered nor clarified, it can throw a sediment, so decanting is a good idea. Highly recommended."
Mr Michael Antram (28-Feb-2014)
"Just got round to drinking my 2010 bottle of this lovely wine and found it went very well with my roast pork belly and crackling that was unfortunately a bit burnt and fatty and had not been made as well as the wine! It coped admirably , was hugely enjoyable and even made my cooking efforts taste better."
Mr Chris Booth (11-Feb-2014)
"I agree this is a good wine for the price. Medium-bodied, not excessive fruit, somewhat undefined tanins, but a well rounded and enjoyable everyday wine. Definitely benefits from decanting an hour before drinking."
Mr Paul Everett (03-Feb-2014)
"Very impressive, especially at this price. Decant first and make sure at good room temp' and it also tasted great 24hrs after opening. Big fruit, but not OTT, soft middle body with no harsh tannins. Touch of oak but restrained and overall a bit of a treat. Well made to say the least."
Mr Terence Eastham (15-Dec-2013)
Birds with Bottle (1st May 2014)
" Watch video: http://www.birdswithbottle.com/wp/birds-with-bottle-wines-for-weddings/ - Sandra Clement & Mel Jones"
Decanter (8th Jan 2014)
"Violet, liquorice and
white truffle aromas flow through to a full-bodied palate of dense blackcurrant
and black pepper. Good acidity with tannic grip. - Panel Tasting Navarra Reds"
The Independent (14th Dec 2013)
"I've watched this
Spanish glugger go down a treat with consumers at the Wine Gang Christmas
fairs. The herby aromas and moreish plum and mulberry fruit of the peppery
graciano grape of Rioja meet a vivid damson-fresh finish. - Anthony Rose"
House & Garden (1st Nov 2013)
"Graciano is a minority player in Rioja, but it's winning
friends and starting to be bottled as a standalone variety in Rioja and
Navarra. Almost inevitably it's appearing in vineyards in California and
Australia. Deep coloured, medium bodied, perfumed and spicy with a finishing
- Joanna Simon
"Great Spanish red, great flavour."
Mr Philip Merrin (15-May-2013)
"Full of Spanish flavour. If you like Spanish reds this is your thing. Great value. I need to buy more."
Mr Andrew Mason (10-Mar-2013)
"I agree with the reviewer below, that this is 'tight', which I take to mean well-integrated. Tobacco-pouch and bootstraps underlie a complex array of fruits. This is dominated by strawberry, cut with mint. Seaweed in the background. A lot of analytic pleasure for the money."
Mr Harry Purser (20-Dec-2012)
"Great depth of flavour and pleasant to drink on its own or with food. I have just bought two more cases."
Mr Michael D White (30-Nov-2012)
"Working through a case. Second bottle was defective - dry, 'tight' - though 'drinkable'. Ideally, this wine has inky, 'fumey' nose with masses of sweet fruit. Bottle variation, combined with some individual experiences, makes us think that, though it's a good buy now, it won't last. Note also: it's a real, not a plastic, cork. Buy, but 'caveat emptor' and also, buyer protest!, when individual bottles are below par."
Mr John L Moles (20-Nov-2012)
The Mail on Sunday (17th Mar 2013)
"Superlative value for money - this wine punches well above its weight. Graciano is one of the blending grapes found in Rioja, and here it delivers power, tang and vibrancy that'll go a treat with a tasty roast. - Olly Smith"
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