2005 Vina Ijalba, Crianza, Rioja

Producer: Vina Ijalba
Vintage: 2005
Grape variety: Tempranillo
Origin: Spain, North-Eastern, La Rioja
Appellation: Rioja
Date tasted: 17 January 2010
Price when tasted: £8.61

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Tasting notes


Viña Ijalba planted its first vines in 1975, on infertile land initially used for opencast mining. Not the most romantic of background stories, but the wines are more evocative. This has power and precision, wtih uplifting blackberry and blueberry fruit, decorated by mint and floral notes. There's a lick of oak on the finish, partnered by some spiced strawberry fruit. Drink 2010. (16 points) £8.61

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