Vina Izadi Rioja Reserva 2003

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Izadi is based in Villabuena, a town of 300 inhabitants and 35 wineries in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rio...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Izadi is based in Villabuena, a town of 300 inhabitants and 35 wineries in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rioja. The hillside winery was founded in 1987 (the precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As son Lalo Anton says: ‘the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal’. Lalo explains their winemaking philosophy: “Flexibility is the key - we follow a style but conditions change with each vintage. Order, flexibility and cleanliness are the keys for us to produce modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area”. The wines have real intensity of fruit, purity of flavour and individuality, the expression of which is unhindered by the sort of deviant flavours that are all too common in Rioja. Delicate vinification and ageing produced a wine with great complexity and a very elegant style. A blend of Tempranillo tempered by a small amount of old vine Graciano, this is a complex wine of great personality. Intense ruby red in colour, with hints of red berries and smoky aromas on the nose. On the palate,the wine has multiple layers of flavour, fine tannins, and a long elegant finish. It is already drinking beautifully, but has everything that is necessary to age well.

Izadi is based in Villabuena, a town of 300 inhabitants and 35 wineries in the Rioja Alavesa, the highest part of Rioja. The hillside winery was founded in 1987 (the precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As son Lalo Anton says: ‘the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal’. Lalo explains their winemaking philosophy: “Flexibility is the key - we follow a style but conditions change with each vintage. Order, flexibility and cleanliness are the keys for us to produce modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area”. The wines have real intensity of fruit, purity of flavour and individuality, the expression of which is unhindered by the sort of deviant flavours that are all too common in Rioja. Delicate vinification and ageing produced a wine with great complexity and a very elegant style. A blend of Tempranillo tempered by a small amount of old vine Graciano, this is a complex wine of great personality. Intense ruby red in colour, with hints of red berries and smoky aromas on the nose. On the palate,the wine has multiple layers of flavour, fine tannins, and a long elegant finish. It is already drinking beautifully, but has everything that is necessary to age well.

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