100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. The wine is aged for 12 months in new and semi-new American and French oak and has just 1.6 g/L of residual sugar.
The Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo from Bodega Vallobera is available for $6.99 exclusively at Trader Joe’s. Imported by Axial Vinos. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
The San Pedro family owns more than 250 acres of prime vineyards around Laguardia.
This Crianza 2012 has spent 12 months in new and semi new American and French oak.
A super fresh Tempranillo with intense cassis and cherry aromas, full flavoured and elegant, it will combine many styles of cooking and red meat dishes. Or simply in its own!
It’s been way too long since we’ve reviewed a new wine from Trader Joe’s (since our Barolo on the Down Low feature, in fact) so today we’ve got one that should be arriving at your local store soon. Keep your eyes open, because you’ll probably want to snatch it up fast when it does!
The 2012 Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo begins with a pleasing aroma of black cherry, a little spice, plum and just a touch of coffee. The wine tastes really pleasant and is very easy to drink. It’s a wine meant to be drunk young and accordingly it’s quite good right now — not blow your socks off good, but really surprisingly solid for just $7. Smooth, sweet fruit featuring a whole smorgasbord of berry flavors and nicely integrated spice lead into the tart, dry, long finish that even shows a bit of minerality. At this price it’s a no brainer as a daily drinker. Stock up!
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