Vina Ijalba Rioja DOC Tempranillo, 2022

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Tasting Notes: A velvety smooth, fruity style of Rioja with a raspberry jam character and soft hints of creamy oak. Notes of raspberries and summer berry compote make this an extremely drinkable and approachable red Rioja.

Region: Rioja, Spain

Varieties: 100% Tempranillo
ABV: 13%
Closure: Cork

Vegan. Organic. Low Sulphur.

Pairing: Charcuterie, pizza with pepperoni or meatballs in tomato sauce.

More info: Dionisio Ruiz planted his first vines back in 1975 with vineyards located on a former old open-cast mine. The poor soils were converted into healthy, organic soils, which now form the backbone of the Viña Ijalba estate. Viña Ijalba was the first winery in Rioja to commit to organic production. Not only that, they’ve also revived the land for growing indigenous and now rare Riojan varietals, like Maturana Blanca, Maturana Tinta and Tempranillo Blanco. They lay claim to being the first winery in Rioja to produce a wine made exclusively of 100% Graciano, which is traditionally used as a blending partner with the celebrated variety of the region, Tempranillo. Located just a five minute drive from the capital of Rioja, Logroño they produce a range of wines from the young, fresh and fruity Joven styles to the more traditional aged wines of Crianza and Reserva. 70% of their grapes are harvested by hand. Not only has Viña Ijalba managed to fully revive a former open-cast mine for organic winemaking, but their revival of almost forgotten local varietals that bring a distinctive element to their wines has also been quite impressive.