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Maturana Tinta

Once an important part of the blend of Rioja, Maturana would have been wiped out completely without the arrival of phylloxera in the region. Rediscovered in a small vineyard in Navarrette and rescued by the University of Rioja's grape rescue project, Maturana has emerged as an interesting addition to the wine lover's landscape over the past decade, though they remain difficult to track down. These are powerful wines, in contrast to the elegance one expects in Rioja. The name refers to the fact that these grapes mature late, as opposed to the early-maturing Tempranillo, whose name can be roughly translated as the little early one.

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    Speaking of off the beaten path grapes from Rioja, the less-well-known Graciano makes really nice reds as well. Usually found in Rioja blends, there are some varietal bottles making their way to the US now. We finished one off last night, from Rio Madre (a label I bet was created just for the US market) and at $10 or so, this is a pleasure-giving bargain.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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