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Viña Zorzal Graciano, Navarra, Spain 2019

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GRACIANO and OTHER RED
CHILLABLE RED, LIGHT & CRUNCHY, and FRUITY
ORGANIC FARMING
NATURAL WINE, UNDER $25, and CRITIC SCORE 90+
NAVARRA
SPAIN

Viña Zorzal is located in the Southern part of the Navarra DO, very close to the border of Rioja. Founded by Antonio Sanz in in 1989, the guiding principles here have always been sustainability and a return to historical grape varieties. With the coming of age of Antonio's three sons, Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel, the winery Viña Zorzal (aka “thrush", like the bird) was born.

  • Winemaker: Mikel Sanz, Javier Colio & Jorge Navascués.
  • Variety: 100% Graciano
  • Farming: Organic
  • Terroir: This wine comes from the northern parcel, on rocky soil, located on the top of a high plateau where the northerly "cierzo" wind places a key role. Very different to the parcel located to its south, on clay-based soil, and separated from the first by native flora that we are actively recuperating. 2.1 ha, 43+ years old.
  • Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation and aging in 3.000-liter stainless steel tanks, using just indigenous yeast. 
  • TASTING NOTES: Clean, high intensity fresh aromas of black and fruit such us blackberry, cranberry, also black pepper, and cedar. Dry and fresh, soft tannins and medium body.
  • Scores: 91 Robert Parker-Wine Advocate

Like so many father/son stories, the children have adopted the idea of the father and taken it further. The farming is now organic with cover crops between rows and the focus is on making higher quality, site specific wines that respect history but also look to a brighter future. They make a series of single varietal wines focusing on native Navarran grapes. Most of the 40 ha vineyards are in pure rocky stony soils (rather than the overcropped flats of Navarra).