We didn’t confine ourselves to just the long established and well known bodegas.
There were some smaller wineries we wanted to visit. And one of these was a ‘new’ guy with an established reputation.
Basilio Izquierdo I was very much looking forward to this visit. This man is a legend in Rioja. He made some of the finest traditional Rioja wines in the 32 years he spent as head winemaker at CVNE. His Viña Real Gran Reserva 1976 was the wine that converted me to the wonders of old Rioja. He has now left CVNE but not because he wanted to retire if the enthusiasm for his new project is anything to go by. There were obviously other reasons for the parting of the ways.
On the road from Haro to Laguardia you can see the impressive...