Viña Ijalba Crianza Rioja
Bodegas Viña Ijalba was founded in 1975 and has 80 acres under vine. The winery was the first Rioja winery to convert to organics, and unusually for the region, all grapes used for the wines are 100 percent estate grown. To be called Rioja, wines must be made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.
90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano combine in this Riojan masterpiece. Aged for 12 months in a mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill french oak barrels this wine has the prefect balance of ripe red berry and cassis fruits and oak tannins. Designed to love bottle age this wine has a minumum of 18 months before release but has a good few years until it reaches it’s peak. Try with a range of meatier pasta dishes and make sure that you always have another bottle handy, as one is rarely enough.