A family-run estate located in Calahorra and founded in 1995 by brothers Andrés and Ramón Serrano. Theirs was the first organic Rioja we bought – a type of wine we’d been awaiting for some years as Spain was relatively slow to embrace organic viticulture. In 1998 a new state of the art winery was built with a cellar for over 500 French and American oak barrels. Third brother Luis is their charming and energetic export manager.
Vineyard size 90 hectares. Organic since 1997.
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Rioja Graciano Reserva DO 2010, Navarrsotillo
Relatively recent (1998) winery in Rioja Baja, owned by the Serrano Arriezu brothers, whose entire production comes from organically grown grapes. This wine is 100% Graciano which benefits from a warmer climate at Rioja Baja, getting full ripeness while keeping its vibrant acidity. Classic wine making with a relatively short aging (12 months) in a mix of American and French Oak barrels. Graciano is an ascending star in Rioja Baja, giving more balance than tempranillo.
Although it has a vegetal character on the nose, on the palate it is fresh, tannic and serious. A very different style which is long and persistent and will not please everybody, although it’s definitely worth praise.
Fine oak aromatics surround ebullient red fruits and a lift of vanilla. It’s super juicy in the mouth and tapers on a fine, leafy finish.
Great style and intrigue. The mature, exotic flavours make for a lively palate – sappy and interesting with a mouthwatering finish.