2016 Izadi Reserva

 
I have my dwindling supply of this wonderful wine cellared. I opened my first bottle of it near the end of May. I was really struck by how good it is, with qualities one normally would ascribe to a high-end Bordeaux. According to James Suckling, "Sweet berries and walnuts with dried flowers and blueberries on the nose. Full-bodied with very tight, refined tannins that are focused and impressive. I like the texture and definition to the wine, as well as the complex aftertaste. Serious wine that’s nice to drink now, but with three to four years of age, this will be very special. Try after 2022." Suckling awarded it – hold on! – 94 points. Wow.

Luis Gutiérrez, of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “In the 2016 Reserva, I found very good freshness and balance and notes of red fruit that always point at more contained ripeness, and it also has a completely different oak profile, a lot subtler and more integrated than in previous vintages. This is a clean and aromatic modern Reserva with some fine tannins to be resolved by some more time in the bottle and/or with hearty food. It's a blend of 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano matured in barrel for 15 months." Luis gave it 92 points. The lowest price on this wine is $16.95. I got it for a few dollars less, on sale. Be mindful of discounts available by using coupons or something like Honey or Capital One to find discounts for you.

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