The OLD BRIDGE
The OLD BRIDGE Wine Shop
At every price level, an outstanding selection of wines chosen by John Hoskins MW
SERIOUS, DRY REDS
530. 2012 Finished: RIOJA RESERVA, Izadi. Spain
"The hillside winery (the precipitous slope allows for gravity assisted production) was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. As his son Lalo, who now runs the estate, says: "the whole concept of Izadi really started around wanting to produce wine to satisfy the needs of our friends over a meal". Izadi produce modern, international wines that are true to their roots and a natural expression of the area.
Izadi sources their fruit from 178 hectares, 70 in ownership, of old vineyards with an average age of 45 years. All of them are located within the triangle formed by three villages: Villabuena, Samaniego and Ábalos. The vines are traditionally trained bush vines, a method which Izadi believes gives better exposure to the grapes, leading to better ripeness and softer, fuller wines. The vineyards are 450-550m above sea level - warm days give way to cool nights, encouraging the aromatic qualities in the grapes to develop. The vineyards are planted in clay-chalk soils."
£15.20 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£14.40 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles
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10% discount on Un-Mixed Cases.