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Izadi - Rioja Reserva 2018

 
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91
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91
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93

Price: $30.00


Sale Price: $16.99

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Producer Izadi
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Varietal Tempranillo
Vintage 2018
Sku 56772
Size 750ml

The Izadi Rioja Reserva is one of Robert Parker's favorite wines. Modern in style, it's a ripe and flashy Spanish red, dark and opulent, an amazing find from Eric Solomon. Crafted by the Anton family, owners of another Wine Buyer favorite Finca Villacreces, they put the Izadi winery on the map in 1997 when they hired Mariano Garcia, the 30+ year winemaker at famed Vega Secilia. Together with Angel Ortega, they crafted what is now recognized as the winery style: robust, modern and refined. 100% older-vine Tempranillo (45 years) that thrives in the clay-limestone soils and in a microclimate influenced both by elevation and the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. This provides the raw materials to craft a Rioja Reserva that retains a modern expression of fruit and sweet tannins on release but with the complexity to develop for decades. Don't miss this modern Rioja lover's dream!

James Suckling: 93 Points

"Aromas of ripe plums and blueberries with hints of blue flowers, licorice and dried herbs. Medium-to full-bodied with plush tannins and savory fruit character. Polished and structured, with notes of chocolate and minerals to close." James Suckling, 93 Points

Wine Advocate: 91 Points

"The 2018 Reserva, a blend of Tempranillo with 9% Graciano, still feels quite oaky after 15 months in French and American oak barrels, half of each. It has good ripeness for a cooler vintage, at 14.1% alcohol, and has a creamy mouthfeel with tannins and plenty of oak-related flavors in the finish. For fans of oaky modern Rioja." The Wine Advocate, 91 Points

Wine Spectator: 91 Points

"A polished red, layering supple tannins with an aromatic overtone of star anise, mocha and graphite. Fresh and medium-bodied, revealing black cherry coulis and fig cake notes, with a spiced finish. Drink now." The Wine Spectator, 91 Points

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