Izadi Seleccion 2012 Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Izadi Seleccion is a foray into the middle ground between traditional Rioja (wines that showcase elegance and age ability over the fruit) and the modern style of Rioja (Showcasing upfront fruit with greater concentration). Originally created by Mariano Garcia, winemaker for 30 years at Vega Sicilia and Angel Ortega, the current winemaker at Izadi, they came together to create the “house style” that we see today. There are notes of restraint and elegance in the fruit as acidity runs through the wine keeping it classic, but the fruit is still the star. For those who love big wines, there’s plenty of concentration and structure. At the same time, if you’re more into the tart cherry and cedar woodsy feel, you can find it here too.
Pair with grilled meats, roast pork shoulder, wild fowl and vegetable paella with tomato broth.