The (now-unavailable) 2014 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Best Organic & Biodynamic Buys Under £30. This new vintage is also thoroughly excellent!
Cecchin Graciana 2014 - December 2017 Decanter review
The first members of the Cecchin family came from Italy to Argentina in 1910 and found work in the local vineyards. In 1959, Jorge and Pedro Cecchin fulfilled their dream of owning their own land by acquiring 11 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, and the winery which dates back to 1901. Bodegas Cecchin have been certified organic both in the vineyards and in the processing of grapes since 2005.
In addition to the vineyards which are planted with a wide range of varieties, Bodega Cecchin also has peach and apricot orchards, olive groves and walnut and almond groves to add to the biodiversity of the estate.
The wine is fermented in 12000 litre vats at a controlled temperature after which malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur. The wine is then filtered but not fined before bottling.
The grape variety of Rioja shows a relaxed countenance in Mendoza. The fruit is soft - more on the strawberry side - with a touch of liquorice and herbal seasoning.