Austin Hope Graciano
Exclusively available for our Cellar Club Members! The third vintage of the Austin Hope Graciano is a great example of why the Graciano is the club favorite of the Cellar Club Exclusive wines. The story of how Graciano came to be a highlight for our Cellar Club is a tale of missed identification. Originally sold as the “Monastrell” clone of Mourvedreto vineyard owners on the Central Coast, cuttings sent to UC Davis recently confirmed the fruit to be the varietal Graciano instead. This blend is comprised of 65% Hope Family Vineyard and 35% Paper Street Vineyard (owned and farmed by the Dusi Family)
The 2018 growing season gave us near-normal rainfall and mild conditions through spring with only a few weeks of exception. July brought a short period of very warm weather that slowed vine growth and berry sizing. Fortunately, moderate weather for the remainder of the growing season enabled vines to thrive. Leading up to harvest, the vines slow berry maturity was ideal for “hang time” resulting in predicted yields, high fruit quality with amazing color and structure.
This blend is comprised of 45% Hope Family Vineyard and 50% Paper Street Vineyard (5% of Merlot from another Paso Robles 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 2018 were held on their skins for an additional 30days before they were racked into 50%1-2x usedFrench oak barrels where they aged for 20 months. The Graciano was racked twice during its aging before being blended, filtered and bottledin June of 2020.
This Austin Hope Graciano is a beautiful dark red, almost purple color. Aromas of fresh violets, juicy mulberry and a touch of cedar continue through the palate with theaddition of light mint nuances and a dash of pepper. On the finish, fine firm tannins integrate nicely creating a robust wine that is incredibly balanced.