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Graciano


Black grape variety also known as Graciana, most famously cultivated in Rioja, Spain, where it is an important component of the typical red wine blend. It is a low-yielding and late ripening cultivar. The Portuguese refer to it as Tinta Miúda and DNA testing has confirmed that Tintilla de Rota from Jerez is also Graciano. In France it is known as Morrastel, where it still exists in small quantities; however efforts are being made to revive it. In California the variety known as Xeres is believed to be Graciano. Style-wise, expect deep colour, strong aromas of rich fruit and prominent tannins when young.


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