THE VINEYARD ZACONIA - Viña Gravonia wine comes from our vineyard called “Viña Zaconia”. The vineyard is 0.12 miles from the winery and close to the Ebro River. Its height is 1,116 feet above sea level. The soil is stony, the roots of the vines go deep, and ensure very balanced, ripe grapes. Viña Zaconia has a surface of 59 acres, all of them Viura grape. Historically, the wines coming from that vineyard were called “Viña Zaconia”.
Region/Sub- Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 100% Viura.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Grapes are crushed immediately releasing their must with as little contact with skins as possible. Spontaneous fermentation in 16,000L vats.
Aging: 4 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per and at least 5 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Dried tropical notes, citrus curd, and baking spice.
Taste: Freshness on the palate overlaid by the tannins and lignins of older oak with a pleasing touch of acidity.
Gastronomy: Tapas, any kind of fish, shellfish, and poultry.
Color: Slightly developed pale gold.
Talking About the Wines:
-Wine Spectator, June 30th '19 gave 94 Points to 2009 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “This white is rich and expressive, a fine example of the traditional style. Bold flavors of quince, dried pineapple, lemon confit and vanilla mingle in a polished texture, supported by firm acidity and fine tannins. Balanced and long.”
-Wine Spectator, Jul ‘18 gave 93 points to 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza.
"Rich and firm, this white shows complex flavors of dried apple, creamed pear, heather, white tea, coconut and vanilla. Juicy acidity and light tannins keep this focused, providing structure for the long haul. A lovely example of the traditional style.”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 91 points to 2008 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “To my mind, the Viña Gravonia bottling from López de Heredia is the finest value in classically-styled Rioja Blanco that one can find on this wide earth. The 2008 version is once again excellent, offering up a complex nose of fresh coconut, lemon, chalky soil tones, a bit of fresh almond, citrus peel and a nice touch of oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, complex and full-bodied, with a superb core, excellent soil signature, bright, zesty acids and superb focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Great juice and a superb value.”