BODEGAS BASILIO IZQUIERDO, Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa
Basilio Izquierdo is the enormously talented, humble, and utterly charming former head winemaker of Cune (CVNE). For over 30 years he shaped the wines of one of Rioja’s oldest and most important wine companies. After retiring in 2006, he launched his own micro-winery.
Basilio does not own any vineyards. He sources the fruit from low-yielding old vines that he considers best suited to each variety — Tempranillo from Rioja Alta & Alavesa, Graciano from Rioja Alta, and Garnacha from Rioja Baja. His tiny production of white wine (600 bottles!) is made from barrel-fermented Garnacha Blanca with a little Viura, aged on the lees in Burgundian barrels resulting in mineral, rich, complex wines.
Basilio received his formal education from The University of Bordeaux in the late 1960s, where he was a classmate of Michel Rolland and Jean-Claude Berrouet (Château Pétrus). His wines combine the power and intensity of modern Rioja with the complexity and elegance of the traditional wines. It’s obvious that someone with Basilio’s pedigree, experience and passion is behind these remarkable wines.