DO Rioja Crianza Vina Ijalba
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.
Comprising 80 hectares of vineyards planted around Logroño, San Vicente de la Sonsierre and Valle del Oja, the innovative Viña Ijalba was the very first organically certified estate in La Rioja (1994). The vines are planted on abandoned opencast mines where the thin, stony soils ensure that yields are kept low and the quality of the fruit is high. The estate was also the first to make a single varietal rioja from the graciano grape in 1995.