The 2015 Gracia is inky-black in color. The bouquet is very attractive with black cherries and boysenberry fruit, well defined and somehow reminding me of a Merlot from the southern hemisphere. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, slightly chocolaty in style with black pepper toward the persistent finish. It lacks a little breeding but it should drink well for the next decade. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032
Robert Parker 95
“Blended of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 15 to 20 months, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Gracia rocks up with an audacious nose of crème de cassis, chocolate box, blueberry compote and plum preserves with touches of charcuterie, scorched earth and yeast extract. Full-bodied, rich and firm in the mouth, its power wears a compellingly plush frame with a lively backbone and an epically long, savory and spice-laced finish.”
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2032
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Slightly cheesy, very ripe nose. Rather dry on the end. A bit pinched despite the fruit weight.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2034