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Rioja’s Tempranillo-based wines can require
years of aging to taste their best, but this
juicy young red drinks beautifully right now.
What You Need To Know
Tempranillo is Spain’s top grape and
the signature variety of Rioja, the country’s premier wine region.
Its earthy, cherry-inflected flavors are on full display in this
example from Viña Ijalba, a certified organic winery located near
Logroño. Since 1975, owner Dionisio Ruiz Ijalba has painstakingly
restored the soils of this former open-pit mining operation, and the
shallow, rock-strewn earth naturally limits the vines’ yield and
creates deeply flavorful grapes. Fruit for this entry-level bottling
was crushed by foot, a traditional technique that avoids
extracting harsh tannins from the grapes.
and plum scents.
and plum flavors.
the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Bold, spicy lamb, beef
or poultry dishes.