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Abel Mendoza Grano A Grano Tempranillo Rioja 2018

Abel Mendoza

Regular price $84.99

2017 Grano A Grano Tempranillo Rioja 94TA/94WA
Abel Mendoza
San Vicente, Rioja

  • 100% Tempranillo
  • “Grano a Grano” literally means “Grape by Grape”. Each cluster of fruit is destemmed by hand
  • The aim is to make a more serious wine where intracellular fermentation starts inside the berries and then the fruit is stomped by foot.
  • Fermented in small tanks of no more than 1,200 kgs.
  • After alcoholic fermentation, the skins are pressed into new 500-liter French oak barrels.
  • Malolactic fermentation takes place in the barrel and the wine aged for 18 months before being bottled.

94 pts Luis Guttierrez Robert Park Wine Advocate
“The nose of the 2017 Tempranillo Grano A Grano shows more nuance and especially more floral aromas than the Selección Especial from this same vintage, which is also Tempranillo. “Grano a grano” means “grain by grain” in Spanish, as the grapes for this range are hand-destemmed to avoid the effect of a destemmer that might rip open the grapes. So, the perfect grapes go through a semi-carbonic maceration that extracts a different range of aromas, and I found some common aromas with the Jarrarte Maceración Carbónica here. 2017 was a very challenging year, and the wine shows the effect of the élevage in 500-liter oak barrels that lasted 18 months. 2,375 bottles were filled in May 2019.
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