Lágrimas de Graciano
Appellation: DOCa Rioja (subregion: Rioja Alavesa)
Varieties: 100 % Graciano
Harvest and Production: The destemmed grapes are pressed before undergoing fermentation with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats for 6 months, on lees. During this period, malolactic fermentation takes place naturally.
Very few 100% Graciano wines are made, even less frequent are those made in concrete vats (this might be the only one). Produced in a cooler area (Rioja Alavesa), this wine is unique and an exceptional deal.
- As it was in 2015, this is one of the few reds in David Sampedro’s cellar that is completely destemmed. Made with purchased grapes from three parcels in Laguardia, it’s quite a serious entry point Graciano with no oak, but plenty of sap, spice and berry fruit sweetness. 2018-22.
90 pts — Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2018
- Destemmed in 2015 because the stalks were too green, but this David Sampedro’s jovial (for Graciano) red is still a fresh, cosechero-style red made without oak ageing and intended for early consumption. Bramble and black cherry flavours are complemented by crunchy acidity. 2017-19.
91 pts — Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2017