Finca Constancia is a modern winery established in 2001 near Otero, Toledo in central Spain’s Castilla region. The winery is ideally situated between the Montes de Toledo and Sierra de Gredos mountains. Viticulture here is very diverse with multiple meso and micro-climates across separate areas of the vineyard.
The estate is split into 82 parcels, or 'parcelas', each planted with a selection of grape varieties that are harvested and vinified separately. Forward thinking and innovation is key, along with minimal intervention and the reduction of their carbon footprint. Parcela 12 is made up entirely of Graciano, which until recently, had been mainly used for colour and alcohol in Rioja blends. Now, it is very much a stand-alone grape in its own right. The grapes are planted on granite soil which adds freshness and minerality to the wine, developing its character as it ages in French oak for eight months.
This wine should be served at 18 C and is ready to drink from now until 2026.
This is a lovely, fragrant wine - blueberry, sweet red cherry, plum, earth, clove, rose petal, and mineral waft up from the glass. There is also a gorgeous violet note here as well. Some vanilla is also present, but it is not overpowering.
This wine is as full on the palate as it is on the nose. Flavour notes of juicy black plum, blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, smoke, tobacco, and a tinge of clove show this wine off nicely. There's a solid acid and tannin balance that results in a well-structured wine, as well as a nice length to continue to enjoy these delicious, lingering flavours.
This wine begs to be paired with a well-spiced lamb. But sausage, mature cheese, Jamon Iberico or a black olive tapenade would all be delicious options.