Antonino Izquierdo 2006
Bordeaux Red Blends from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Izquierdo displays an intense and clear red color with excellent viscosity and violet reflections. On the nose, red fruit with white flowers, wild strawberries, blackberries, prunes and cherries. Almond flower fragrances, cinnamon and vanilla round out the nose. Entry is sweet and fresh with a full-body. An excellent balance of alcohol, tannins and acidity with wild berry notes and a persistent finish.
A blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006 Antonini Izquierdo is a bit more reticent and structured. Intense, layered and complex, it too requires extended cellaring and should be at its peak from 2018-2040. This is the debut wine in this journal from Antonino Izquierdo. It appears to be a name worth remembering."
Antonino Izquierdo Winery
Biodynamic farming, which follows lunar cycles ,and skilled labor make up the foundation for the excellent quality grapes used to make our handcrafted wines. No weed killers, systemic products or chemical fertilizers are used in the process. Our vines, which are more than 40 years old are situated on plots of poor soil.
Antonino Izquierdo is a wine made in the vineyard, with minimal intervention. This is achieved through low-yield productions (three or four bunches per vine) and organic fertilizers of animal origin. Individual grapes are removed from the clusters before being transferred to the selection table via gravity flow, where six people perform an additional grape-by-grape selection. The fruit is then taken into temperature-controlled 15-ton-capacity stainless steel tanks for fermentation. View all Antonino Izquierdo Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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