Viña Izadi 2011 Reserva Rioja
100% Tempranillo | Alc: 14% – Smooth and Supple
Villabuena, Rioja, Spain
Shiny ruby color. Rich aromatic intensity with a nice balance of red fruit, liquorice and spices with smoky hints in the background. Elegant and round in the palate with a long afterstate that brings back floral and fruity memories.
Izadi is based in Villabuena in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rioja… The hillside winery (the precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As his son Lalo, who now runs the estate, says: “the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal”. Izadi produce modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area, which is unhindered by the sort of deviant flavours that are all too common in Rioja.
“100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in American and French oak, the 2011 Reserva is an outstanding value showing beautiful black and red currant fruits, high-quality, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and loamy soil undertones. Deep, medium to full-bodied, very pure, rich and concentrated, this is a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 3-4 years.” 92 Points – The Wine Advocate
“Youthful and bright, this wine’s plump cherry fruit fills its austere structure, with plenty of oak tannins to hold it in place. Unusually fresh for the vintage, relatively light, raspy and firm, this offers a hint of sweetness in the fruit to make the structure more accommodating. Decant it for meaty tapas.” 90 Points – Wine & Spirits
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