SANTALBA VIÑA HERMOSA Tinto Reserva 2012Bodegas Santalba
After working in the industry for 33 years, Santiago Ijalba Garcia established Bodegas Santalba in 1998, in the Riojan town of Gimileo and now runs it with his son Roberto.
A wine made from Tempranillo grapes from selected vineyards in Gimileo, at the heart of La Rioja. 18 months in American oak after which the ageing process continues in the bottle where the wine acquires the further refining needed before it can be sold.
Intense cherry-red colour, ripe black fruits, licorice. Vanilla on top of spices. Nicely balanced, long palate and will improve for hours when left in the glass. Serve around 17C with big meaty dishes.