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Verdad Graciano Ibarra-Young Vineyard 2014

Other Red Wine from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Graciano is a grape that loosely translated means grace in Spanish. It is the yin to Tempranillo’s tannic yang and is used throughout the Rioja region in Spain to blend with Tempranillo along with Garnacha and Carignane. There are some Rioja wines that are made with 100% Graciano, though they are quite rare.

    This wine has vibrant purple color with aromas of cherry, rose petals and herbs de Provence. This medium bodied is silky on the palate with bright and lively acidity.

    It will complement a variety of grilled meat, poultry, grilled fish as well as a refreshing complement to spicy dishes.

    Blend: 90% Graciano, 10% Tempranillo

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    Verdad

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    Verdad, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    Verdad is devoted to making Spanish grape varietal wines that express true varietal character as well as the vineyard’s terroir. The grapes are sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards and are minimally processed in the cellar. The philosophy behind the winemaking is to grow the best fruit possible, pick at optimum balance and let the wines reflect what the vineyards have created.

    The first vintage for Verdad was 2000. Verdad makes a dry Grenache based Rosé, a Santa Ynez Valley Albariño and Tempranillo as well as a Demeter certified biodynamic Albariño and Tempranillo from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard. The total production is about 2000 cases.

    Santa Ynez Valley

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    Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.

    A wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties, and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery, Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.

    Other Red Wine

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

    MBWGR14IY_2014 Item# 355757