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DOC Rioja Reserva VINA IJALBA

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Sublime blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano that is aged in American and French oak barrels for 18 months, and then a further 15 months in bottle. It just sings quality Rioja with complex leather and spice aromas, rich and nutty, figgy palate and a long, dry finish. Liquorice and balsamic notes with en elegant kiss of creamy oak. The Tempranillo gives the classic strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours, while the Graciano adds the spice and freshness.

Bodegas Viña Ijalba make their wines exclusively from traditional Rioja varieties, whilst at the same time investigating the development of minority indigenous grapes such as Graciano and Maturana Tinta.

In the glass this is a velvety deep cherry red colour, on the nose the bouquet is fresh ripe red fruit aromas with vanilla. On the palate this is a pleasant well balanced and rich Rioja.

Amongst the top 4% of wines in the world, a great drink for the price.

92 Points – Guia Penin 2019 (2015 vintage)

14%ABV