Rioja Reserva Seleccion Especial 2011

75cl Bodegas Viña Ijalba Tempranillo, Graciano Spain > Rioja Something special
Seleccion Especial is the Tete du Cuvee, the top of the range. It is only made in certain vintages by grape selection of the best Tempranillo and Graciano. The tiny quantities are fermented and aged in the finest new French oak so as to create a very exclusive wine, rich in character and capable of long ageing.

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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