Viña Ijalba, which is also one of Rioja’s leading Organic wineries, produces all of its wines under organic methods and processes. The wines of Bodegas Viña Ijalba, are the result of vineyards planted traditionally with the best bio-organic techniques.
Vina Ijalba Genoli White Wine Rioja 2011 – 11.97 – ● – 100% Viura, nice brightness & mineral – nose starts a little shy in regard to fruit, (citrusy), then bounces back with a bit more mineral and lemon curd. A bargain. Floral & fruity on the nose, medium body, broadly textured, medium length finish. Versatile, especially good with tapas and appetizers. Like all of the Ijalba wines, there is pretty fruit, cleanly framed.
Vina Ijalba, Livor Tempranillo, Rioja 2011 – 11.97 – ● – Line priced with the white – Cherry, juicy, softer, easier Tempranillo. Good to bring back. From the Rioja Alta sub-region of La Rioja. Fresh & tasty juice, clean aromas, with ripe red berry fruit & a bit of fennel frond, creamy. Dry, with round tannins and ripe fruit. (with 10% Mazuelo). This has been a big hit in the shop. We really like the balance at the low $.
Vina Ijalba Rioja Crianza 2008 – 15.97 – ● – 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Aged for 12 months in barrel. Fruity nose with toasty vanilla. Balance of ripe red berry and cassis fruits and oak tannins. Full-bodied with ripe tannins. Designed to love bottle age this wine has a minumum of 18 months before release. Clean. Purity.
Vina Ijalba, Graciano, Rioja, 2010 – 21.97 – ● – Juan Carlos Sancha’s doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The revival of native minority grapes in DOCa Rioja’. He made Rioja’s first single-varietal Graciano for Viña Ijalba in 1995 (‘It would have been the first in the world,’ he says ruefully, ‘but for Brown Brothers in Australia’). Organic – Aged 12 months in French oak. Lighter, focused. Lean, grippy, and cool to have. First Graciano to be bottled on its own in Rioja (1995) (It would have been the first in the world, but for the Brown Brothers in Australia). From Rioja Alta. A darling of the critics. Very enjoyable. More mineral & mint, less chocolate than a Cabernet Sauvignon, to which it is sometimes compared. Very cool to get to see as 100%.