The exciting but relatively rare Graciano grape is highly rated by critics for Rioja - ripe red fruit and vanilla hints perfect for lamb, chorizo and hearty casseroles
On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before him. Adding in significant amounts of ambition and energy, he is at the forefront of the new Rioja - championing a modern interpretation of its varieties through his wines. As a grower, Victor is keen to prove that Rioja Baja has its own distinct character and should not be judged as inferior to Rioja Alta or Alavesa - just different. With over 250ha of owned vineyards at his disposal, including what he claims to be the oldest Graciano vines in the world, Victor and the team at Manzanos are fortunately placed to put both the sub-region and the name Manzanos firmly on the map of the most important producers in Rioja.
Tasting Note: Cherry red colour, intense and bright. Aromas of black fruit, ripe red fruit with notes of vanilla from the oak barrel. Perfect balance between freshness and acidity. Perfectly integrated tannins from the wood aging.
Critics: James Suckling 2019 91 points, Jancis Robinson 16/20 (average producer score)