Bodega Viña Ijalba -
Bodega Viña Ijalba Genoli White Wine Rioja 2012 ● (Viura) – 11.97 – Organic – a white wine grape used on either side of the Pyrenees, in the north and east of Spain and the southernmost reaches of France. A versatile grape, it is used in still, sparkling, dry and sweet wines. The wines can be fresh, floral and aromatic when harvested sufficiently early and aged in stainless steel, as this one is. Also called Macabeo in sparkling wine.
Bodega Viña Ijalba Livor Tempranillo 2012 ● – 11.97 – Organic – Aromas of bright cherries and spice are followed with straightforward tastes of juicy, red fruit and hints of herbs. The finish is spicy and the acidity is balanced. A terrific mid-week wine that pairs really well with lamb or pork! 100% Tempranillo in a clean, unoaked style. Cherry fruitiness and old-fashioned Rioja crispness. A silly quotient of character and quality for the price.
Campos de España –
Campos de Luz Garnacha 2012 – 12.57 – Winter was very dry and cold. There was a little light rain in the spring, but virtually none throughout the growing season, leading to a perfectly healthy, but relatively small harvest, with intensely colored grapes. The color is a deep red, with the bright hints of purple at the edges indicating youth. Aromas of fresh red and black fruits, flowers and a touch of black pepper. On the palate it is rich and well-balanced, with subtle tannins providing support to the fruit to give a rounded finish.
Campos de Risca Monastrell 2011 ● – 13.57 – Organic – Monastrell, resistant to drought, with straggly bunches of small berries. The berries themselves have thick skins and high acidity, so they need all of that sun to ripen properly. In recent times, small amounts of Syrah have been planted too. Very deep ruby red, with a hint of the violet colors of a young wine. On the nose aromas of stewed black berries and jams, with spicy notes of pepper. The palate has a good acidity which keeps the wine fresh and juicy. Full and weighty, the wine has a long and pleasant aftertaste.