Rioja Reserva 2013

75cl Bodegas Viña Ijalba Tempranillo, Graciano Spain > Rioja Rich, full-bodied, elegant and complex
Ijalba Reserva is produced from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano and aged in American oak for two years. Again, superb fragrance on the nose with very ripe berried fruit aromas, spice and vanilla. The palate is smooth, rich and creamy with soft tannins and great length.

Discovering Viña Ijalba ended our three year search for a top quality Rioja producer. At a recent tasting of countless Rioja wines, the Ijalba wines really stood out for their purity of fruit, elegance, freshness and judicious use of oak. The winery was founded in 1975 and currently has 80 hectares under vine, farmed organically. Ijalba has indeed, gained much acclaim both within Spain and internationally for their terrific work with organic viticulture, as well as their championing of obscure varietals. The wines are amongst the few modern Riojas that truly impress with their balance and style, without sacrificing Rioja “soul”. The winery was the first Rioja winery to convert to organics, and unusually for the region, all grapes used for the wines are 100% estate-grown.

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