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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Rio Madre | Graciano | Rioja | Spain | 2013 | $12 | 88 pts

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Graciano is a temperamental, low-yielding red variety native to Spain’s Rioja region that is traditionally blended with the region’s more celebrated variety – Tempranillo. This rendition consists of 100% Graciano grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet in dry, chalky soils. … Continue reading

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SPANISH WINE PICK: Bodegas Muga | Reserva | Rioja | Spain | 2009 | $25 | 90 pts

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Bodegas Muga farms upwards of 1,000 acres of vineyards (620 of which are estate) along the foothills of the rocky Obarenes Mountains in the Rioja Alta region of northern Spain.  From these vines comes their Reserva, a blend of Tempranillo (70%), Grenache (20%), Mazuelo (7%), and Graciano … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Rio Madre | Graciano | Rioja | Spain | 2010 | $10 | 88pts

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Aromas: black plum; mission fig; dark chocolate-covered cherries; hint of black pepper Character:  full-bodied, aromatic and lush; rich, velvety mouthfeel; moderate tannins & lively acidity; fruit-earth balance Flavors:  blackberry compote; vanilla bean; anise & baking spices; mineral; touch of leather Food … Continue reading

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