2017 Austin Hope Graciano
The Austin Hope Graciano is comprised of 65% Hope Family Vineyard and 35% Paper Street Vineyard. The grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines of 2017 were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were racked into mostly new French oak barrels where they aged for 10 months. The Graciano was racked once in September of 2018, aged for an addition 11 months in the same barrels. The lots were aged on 100% new American Oak for an additional month before bottling in late Summer of 2019.
Our second release of Graciano displays a beautiful deep violet color with intense aromatics of chocolate brownie and mulberry. This full-bodied wine has fine tannins that seamlessly integrate with flavors of ripe plum and crisp acidity.