DOC Rioja Graciano
Rioja is known for producing some of the best Spanish wine, and this 2012 Viña Ijalba is a classic example of Spanish quality and care. The wine is made from Graciano grapes, which account for just 0.04% of the total grapes planted in the region. Graciano grapes are famous for the deep, aromatic wines they produce, with strong hints of spices and long length. On first sip, you'll detect hints of quinces and herby fruits, making this an attractive vintage. As you delve deeper, you'll notice floral aromas, a full body, and notes of sage that provide an elegant, full-bodied feel. Best of all, it's organic!
95 Points - SpainWineGuide.com, Nov 2014 (2012 vintage)
Recommended in Decanter Magazine, 'Quince and hints of attractive, herby fruit with a floral note. Full-bodied, fleshy style with slight sage expression that provides elegance.' 87 Points, March 2015 (2012 vintage)
88 Points The Wine Gang, 'A rare organic Rioja made from pure Graciano, this shows some of the variety's typical pepperiness of aroma while the ripe red cherry and blackberry fruit flavours are moderated by a bright, herbal quality that gives this attractive Spanish red a fine textural quality and a refreshingly clean, balanced finish' September 2014 (2011 vintage)
Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 (2014 vintage)
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.