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Antano Gran Seleccion Graciano 2008
Other Red Wine from Rioja, Spain
Bodegas Antano is located in Spain's famed Rioja region, among the world's greatest wine-growing districts and home to the noble Tempranillo grape. This Graciano wine has a very attractive ripe cherry color with perfect acidity. On the nose it is a very complex wine with delicate spice and smoky notes. In the mouth it is a perfectly balanced wine with a silky and warm finish.
The Wine Advocate - "A significant step up is the 2008 Gran Seleccion Graciano (100%). It offers up a fragrant, inviting bouquet of Asian spices, incense, mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. This is followed by an uplifted palate of savory black fruits, a vibrant acid structure, ripe flavors, and a pure, lengthy finish. Drink this outstanding value from 2013 to 2023.
The Marqués de Carrión Winery is situated in a beautiful town called Labastida, covered by the Toloño mountain range and closed to the river Ebro. Labastida is about 4 Km far from Haro, 35 km from Logroño and 43 Km far from Vitoria. This perfect geographic situation, just around "the wine world", created a magical and attractive place to live this peculiar and traditional culture of wine.
In our winery, we looked for a place in which the artist, Jull Dziamski, could demonstrate the way in which he understands his art. For this reason, we have opened a genuine museum, that "invites you to dream", like the artist says. He called it "the illusions museum", where at the same time; we can find an art Gallery, in which the artist has a permanent exposition.
At Marqués de Carrión we worship to our two passions; making and taking care of our wines to guarantee the best quality, in combination with the most absolute respect to the avant-garde art that represents our modern history. Art and avant-garde movement, tradition and technology linked under the same name. View all Antano Wines
About RiojaView a map of Rioja wineries (ree-OH-hah) Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha (Grenache)), which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (or Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines. Malvasia, the grape that was once the most planted white, is found less often.
Notable FactsThe Rioja wine trade is somewhat confusing. Grapes are typically brought to a merchant's bodega from one of the 20,000+ growers in the region, or via a cooperative. The wine is then bottled and labelled by that bodega. Rioja's Consejo Regulador keeps track of all vineyards and bodegas to make sure they are following the DOCa regulations. Put in place to ensure quality, the system also controls prices.
As with the rest of Spain, the wine label may state Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on barrel & bottle maturation. Crianzas are usually found within two years of the vintage and offer fresh, ripe wines. Reserva and Gran Reserva will be found a few years after the vintage, as the bodega will be aging the wines in barrel and bottle before release. Both typically show more secondary characteristics of spice and oak ageing.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.