Rioja Solferino 2016

75cl Bodegas Viña Ijalba Tempranillo Spain > Rioja Juicy, easy drinking
Solferino is a young Rioja, produced from 90% organically-grown Tempranillo and 10% Maturana Tinta, aged for six months in new oak, a kind of semi-crianza style. The wine is fragrant with ripe red fruit flavours and a touch of vanilla spice, medium to full in the mouth with a nice savoury, dry finish. Try this smooth number with hearty vegetarian fare or grilled Chicken"

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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