2011 Viña Leizaola 'El Sacramento' Rioja

$64.95

“…this is fast turning into one of the very best producers in the region.”  — Tim Atkin MW

“El Sacramento” is a creation of Étienne Cordonnier, a Bordeaux broker, who wanted to return to his family’s roots in the Gipuzkoa provice of the Basque Country in Spain. The Rioja Alavesa called to him, and in 2011 he bought a beautiful property near Laguardia planted in 1986 to head-pruned vines of Tempranillo. Now, Jesús Madrazo, formerly of CVNE’s Contino, is in charge of winemaking at this very modern, dynamic estate.

We loved this wine’s spiciness and sheer exoticism, gradually unfurling aromas of tobacco, cumin, candied red cherries, white pepper, grenadine, and orange blossom. It’s such a fine example of Rioja!

Varietal:
Tempranillo
Vintage:
2011
Appellation:
Rioja
SKU #:
1WLEI11IR3ELSACRAMENTO