Parraleta

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Parraleta
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skin Red
Species Vitis vinifera
Origin Spain
Notable regions Somontano

Parraleta (also known as Carcajolo nera) is a red Spanish wine grape variety that is grown in Somontano. Despite similarities in synonyms, Parraleta/Carcajolo nera is not a color mutation of the white Italian wine grape Bariadorgia which is also known as Carcajolo blanc on Corsica.[1]

History[edit]

The origin of Parraleta is uncertain, other than it seems to have appeared in Somontano. It was considered to be synonymous with Graciano, but this has been disproven, although there is sufficient similarity to suggest a possible parental relationship.[2]

Distribution and Wines[edit]

Appears to be produced only in DO Somontano, where its importance has declined from 22% of the planted area in 1975 to only 0.2% in 2002.[2] It is reported to produce wines with good colour, structure, acidity and fragrance.

Vine and Viticulture[edit]

Parraleta is a low yielding variety [3] with small to medium and moderately compact bunches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pgs 89-90 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2
  2. ^ a b C. Montaner, J. P. Martínb, J. Casanovaa, C. Martía, D. Badíaa, F. Cabelloc and J. M. Ortiz. Application of microsatellite markers for the characterization of ‘Parraleta’: an autochthonous Spanish grapevine cultivar. Scientia Horticulturae Volume 101, Issue 3, 10 September 2004, Pages 343-347
  3. ^ H. Johnson & J. Robinson "The World Atlas of Wine", 5th ed., pg 195 Mitchell Beazley 2001 ISBN 1-84000-332-4