Antonino Izquierdo  2006 Front Label
Antonino Izquierdo  2006 Front Label

Antonino Izquierdo 2006

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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.

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Robert Parker's 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.
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Antonino Izquierdo

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Antonino Izquierdo, Spain
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.

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Ribera del Duero is located in northen Spain’s Castilla y León region, just a 2-hour drive from Madrid. While winemaking in this area goes back more than 2000 years, it was in the 1980s that 9 wineries applied for and were granted Denominación de Origen (D.O.) status. Today, more than 300 wineries call Ribera del Duero home, including some of Spain’s most iconic names.

Notable Facts Ribera’s main grape variety, Tempranillo, locally know as Tinto Fino, is perfectly suited to the extreme climate of the region, where it must survive scorching summers and frigid winters. Low yields resulting from conscientious tending to old vines planted in Ribera’s diverse soils types, give Ribera wines a distinctive depth and complexity not found in other Tempranillos. Rich and full-bodied, the spice, dark fruit and smoky flavors in a bold Ribera del Duero will pair well with roasted and grilled meats, Mexican food and tomato-based sauces.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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