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:
-James Suckling, Sept '21 gave 96 points to 2013 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “Dried apple, lemon rind, walnut, praline, dried honeysuckle and clove on the nose. Medium-bodied with tangy acidity. Bright and vibrant feel, balancing the rich, waxy layers of dried fruit and spice. Saline undertones. Some nougat and yogurt, too. Long.”
-Vinous Media, Apr '21 gave 94 points to 2012 Viña Gravonia Crianza. "Vivid yellow-gold. Dried orchard and pit fruits, marzipan, buttered toast, vanilla, tarragon and pungent flowers on the intensely perfumed, spice-accented nose. Concentrated peach, pear nectar, orange pith, honey and vanilla flavors pick up a nutty quality with air. The vanilla and spice notes drive a very long, gently chewy finish that's firmed by a smoky mineral flourish.”
-The Wine Advocate, Oct '20 gave 93 points to 2013 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “It has citrus notes (orange peel, yuzu) and an herbal twist, balsamic with the unmistakably white López de Heredia aroma of mushrooms that you smell as soon as you enter ancient cellars. It’s quite pale, and the palate is sharp and austere, quite light but with the pungent flavors and a long and tasty finish. It was bottles in September 2019 after four years in American barrels.”