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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Izadi Rioja Blanco
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16¾/20

Izadi Rioja Blanco 2017

Rioja, SpainIzadi Blanco is an intriguing mix of 70 percent viura blended with 10/10/10 malvasía, garnacha blanca, and tempranillo blanco. Izadi is young by Rioja standards, with just over three decades of production, but it has a soul for wine, and this white is an excellent example of their commitment. Like very few whites you would taste in a year, this juicy mix of grapes yields a fresh, core of ripe quince flecked with nectarines and excellent acidity. Understated, and versatile with food, I enjoyed it with homemade pesto and pasta. A small percentage is barrel-fermented to round out the palate and lengthen the finish to excellent effect. Only 13.5 percent alcohol.Tasted: 23 August 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 29.99 BCLS AB 26.99 private wine shops Producer: Bodegas IzadiDistributors: Trialto Wine Group
Blend: Viura - Malvasía - Garnacha Blanca - Tempranillo BlancoCSPC: 8423302311100UPC: 8410591003601