Gracianna Winery

Owner(s) Jose Trinidad Amador IV
Web site www.gracianna.net
 
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The Amador family pays tribute to their maternal grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga, a French Basque who emigrated to the United States after World War II and with her husband raised large herds of sheep in Santa Barbara County. Founder Jose Trinidad (Trini) Amador IV, is a Sonoma county native who returned to the Russian River Valley after college to intern at Williams Selyem and later became a vineyard manager for a large ranch in Sonoma County.

The winery is located on Westside Road among neighbors Arista Winery, Rochioli Winery, Williams Selyem Winery, Flax Vineyard, Westside Farms, Allen Vineyards and Hop Kiln. The brand features Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley (the Pinot Noir is from the Bacigalupi Vineyard) with Trini acting as winemaker. The first release came in early 2009.

The wines are sold through the website and a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2011 Gracianna Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 375 cases, $48. Released April 2013. Harvest Brix 25.6º. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Plenty to like in this wine with a fiery nose of Bing cherries and oak. Smooth and lacy on the palate with a very tasty core of cherry fruit backed by baking spice and anise-laced oak. Considerably more appealing with more fruit-forward flavor and better integration of oak when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Give this wine a little more time in the cellar and it will become the centerpiece of a special meal. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Gracianna Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 371 cases, $48. Released April 2012. After a cold soak, the grapes were inoculated with proprietary yeast, racked into French oak barrels, and aged for 11 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely mix of fresh, vivid aromas of red cherries, red strawberries, savory herbs and sandalwood. Delicious essence of ripe red cherries and berries with a delightful earthy, savory bent. Well-composed with gossamer tannins and some length on the high-spirited, refreshing finish. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Gracianna Suzanne’s Blend Russian River Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., 148 cases, $34. Released May 2011. The Amador Family of Sonoma County named their brand after their French Basque great-great grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga. This wine was made from fruit by a well-known Russian River grower. Unfined and unfiltered. · Straw color and clear in the glass. Shy but pleasing aromas of lemon zest, pear, white peach and hay. Modestly crisp and slightly creamy with flavors of baked pear, toasted bread and fresh herbs, finishing with a good acid snap. Good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Gracianna Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 290 cases, $48. Released May 2011. From the Amador Family who have been ranching in Sonoma County for generations. Young Trini Amador, IV, began making wine at age 15 in his family garage, and went on to earn a degree in enology and viticulture. Winemaking was traditional with aging in French oak barrels for 11 months. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of red cherries and strawberries backed by complimentary oak. A lighter, elegant offering centered on cherry flavor with accents of cola, sassafras, vanilla, spice and herbs. Picks up interest over time in the glass becoming more vivid and praiseworthy. Gentle and easy to drink. Source: website. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Gracianna Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 290 cases, $48. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months. Vinified by Trini Amador. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very attractive aromatic profile featuring scents of dark red cherries and berries, herbs, grass, tea leaf and the slightest hint of barnyard. Ephemeral in the mouth with tasty herb-imbued flavors of dark red pie cherries with a sidecar of complimentary oak. Soft and smooth on the palate with a good spark of acidity adding vivaciousness, and ending with a very memorable and long, cherry-driven finish. Very good (+). Reviewed March 21, 2012 ARTICLE »