Javier San Pedro Rioja Crianza 'Viuda Negra' 2021

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Producer: Javier San Pedro Ortega
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alavesa
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
ABV: 14.5%
Style: Red Wine
Classification: Rioja DOCa

Javier San Pedro Rioja Crianza Viuda Negra is a bold and modern expression of Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo. The wine has an intense and complex bouquet of dark fruit, spicy black fruit and hedgerow fruit. The grapes are sourced from Javier’s older vineyards which are a minimum of 20 years old and the wine spends 12 months in French oak. The finish is long, fresh and intensely satisfying. This is new generation Rioja.

I was introduced to Javier by our mutual friend Leon who makes, along with his wife Sara, the excellent Latido wines. He told me that I had to try these Rioja’s made by Javier and used every wine cliché under the sun to try and persuade me. “New Wave Rioja” “Best up and coming wine maker” “Terroir driven” “Modern interpretation of a classic” etc etc. Before I could escape, Javier was towering over me. He’s tall and athletic, not intimidating but instantly likeable and full to bursting point with another cliché “Passion” for his wines.

Javier was born into a winemaking family at Bodegas Vallobera, based in Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa and learned from both his grandfather and father before making his first wine aged 17. In 2013 he moved away from his family’s traditional styles to create his own project, Bodegas Javier San Pedro Ortega. The Viuda Negra range focuses on old vineyard plots that have either been restored or replanted. It was clear from my first tasting that Javier was talented and his wines were as captivating as the man himself. They perfectly highlight the beauty and diversity of Rioja and show where the area is heading with a modern approach to terroir rather than age statements.

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