Yjar 2019 (Pre-Arrival)

Yjar 2019 (Pre-Arrival)

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Pre-arrival.  Will arrive in Spring/Summer 2024

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YJAR connects us with the incredible effort of mantaining this historical vineyard and the need to offer the the grand vinof this country.

In 1787 in Rioja and Labastida, Manuel Quintano made the first modern wine in Spain. In 1870, Labastida played a major role in the “Medoc Alavés” adventure. Today, 150 years later, YJAR approaches Bordeaux to take the jour- ney together in order to offer the best wine of our history.

Telmo Rodriguez is considered a pioneer winemaker in Spain, with a love for native grape varietals and for restoring ancient vineyards
• One of the oldest vineyards of Rioja (1420), that used to be managed by the Duque de Hijar
• Yjar is 3.8 hectares only
• Located in the Sierra de Tolono, on calcareous soil, 600 to 800 meters above the sea level
• Massal selection of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Granegro & Rojal
• Organic agricultural practices
• 30 months of ageing in 1
,500 liters’ foudres made of French oak
• Third vintage of the very first Spanish wine on La Place de Bordeaux
• Silky tannins and polished mouthfeel, great ageing potential
• A Must Have

VILLAGE: Labastida de Álava.

PLACE:  The property is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Toloño, between 600 and 800 meters above sea level.

VARIETIES:  Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Granegro and Rojal.

VINEYARD:  Old, goblet trained high-altitude vineyard, co-planted with a massal selection

HARVEST: Hand harvested in cases from Oct. 6 to 18.

FERMENTACIÓN:  Natural fermentation with native yeasts in small-size, open-top wooden vats.

BOTTLING: June 9, 2022.

PRODUCTION: 9,049 bottles.


"I tasted this at the property from barrel, thrilled to follow it now in bottle. Grabs you from the first moments with its sage, thyme, dried flowers and incense aromatics, clings to your nostrils, drawing you in, so much depth of flavour to the vivid raspberry and sour cherry fruits, delicate and yet powerful. Hard to describe how little artifice is conveyed in the glass, it's not a wine that is coated in new oak, instead it is delicate, poised, crafted, utterly gorgeous, so moreish. Harvest October 6 to 18, 3.8ha, old gobelet vines, with any replacements coming from massal selction. Iconic winemaking partnership Telmo Rodriguez and Pablo Eguzkiza. I hope everyone folllowed my advice from the first vintage to get on board because it is more than living up to its potential, and its tiny quatities means that first come are almost certainly first served."

99 James Suckling

"A more fragrant Yjar this year, more peppery and lifted. Chalk, pepper and mezcal-like herbs with hints of cedar and cocoa powder to the blueberries. Super refined tannins tread carefully on the medium- to full-bodied palate with great juiciness and a long, polished finish. An intrinsic expression." (8/2023)

98 Decanter

"The third vintage by oenologist-winemakers Telmo Rodriguez and Pablo Eguzkiza, the 3.8-hectare, single-vineyard cuvée from the limestone foothills of the Sierra de Toloño in Rioja Alavesa is made from a massal selection of Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Granegro and Rojal. A lovely bright pink-red colour in the glass. Supple and succulent, smooth and round, such a lifeforce on show, a step up slightly from last year - clearly so energetic, forward and sleek. This is defined and powerful no doubt, this is packing a punch in terms of intensity this year, focussed and spiced, the heat and oak come through strongly, but it manages to stay the right side of too much, giving direction and force with lashings of cooling minerality, dried herbs and floral touches. A great wine, joyous, bright, enveloping and high toned. It pulls the palate from black and red fruits to toasted spice, cinnamon, vanilla, blackcurrants and kirsch. Complex and compelling, Yjar always leaves a smile on my face wanting to try another glass and this is no exception. (GH)". (7/2023)

97 Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Yjar is the third vintage of their top-of-the-range wine designed for the international market and sold through the négociant system of Bordeaux. It was produced with a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and other grapes from 3.8 hectares of selected plots from the Remelluri vineyards, cropped from a challenging year with frost. This feels young but already very Rioja, marked by the Garnacha, which could represent around 30% of the bottled blend. It's tense and has abundant but fine-grained tannins, a little Italian in style. They kept a lower alcoholic degree in 2019, a moderate 14%, and the wine comes through as very elegant. This has to be my favorite vintage of Yjar. (LG)" (8/2023)