Izadi Rioja Reserva 2017
Perfectly balanced Rioja, produced in a more modern, fresh fruity style. Delicious drinking.
A cracking modern Rioja, combining the dark fruit of the Tempranillo grape with the spicy oak that marks out the best Rioja. This wine displays beautiful black and redcurrant fruits with delicate hints of tobacco, liquorice and earthy undertones. The palate is rich and concentrated with a long finish.
Profile: Best known as the preeminent grape in red Rioja, and capable of extremely high quality elsewhere. Tempranillo has many local forms throughout Spain, with slight variations between cultivars grown in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro. Typically the wines are deeply crimson in colour with suitably matched intensity of flavour and vegetal freshness. Elevated acidity and moderate tannins add structure, and Tempranillo is another variety which matches very well to oak maturation. In Rioja the flavours are sometimes covered by rich American oak character, however more producers are eschewing heavy oak and long maturation in favour of freshness.
Classic Regions: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro (Spain)
Izadi is based in Villabuena in Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rioja. The hillside winery (whose precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Antón 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".