Mas de Victor, Graciano, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2011
Graciano is one of the 5 approved varieties for red Rioja, the others being tempranillo, garnacha, mazuelo and maturana tinta.
This wine: varietal graciano (analysis here agrees with a consensus of no great ageing capacity of this variety), Diam 1 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, M&S £7 (2013)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of creamy coconut and vanilla with rich red plum and liquorice. Ripe tannins with supporting acidity, well-integrated oak with red fruits, spice and liquorice, with a decent length. Benefits from 30 minutes decanting.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of spice, creamy coconut and lesser vanilla, toast, sweet stewed red plum, warm liquorice, lightly floral, dark chocolate, a sweet woodiness.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fine-grained ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, with a velvety texture, with flavours of ripe red cherry, red plum, touch of coconut, vanilla and spice, a little oakiness and toast. A medium (+) length with a clean stewed red plum finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, acidity and tannins a match for flavour intensity and alcohol, decent but not outstanding intensity and flavour concentration, showing some complexity from time in oak and bottle, developing, with well-integrated oak, tertiary stewed fruit and chocolatey notes, and a decent length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: ready to drink now, does not have the qualities – concentration and indicative length, to suggest improvement with further time in cellar, and is indeed quite well-developed, leading to an estimate of will hold for 1-2 years but not improve.