Javier San Pedro Randez Tempranillo 2014

I may have said this before, but I’ll say it again.  I would love to travel to Spain!  Some day, I sincerely hope to make that wish a reality.  In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with looking at photos online, reading blog posts by others who have managed the trek, and drinking Spanish wines when I get that urge.  Clearly, I was overcome by that urge recently because for my second wine experience back, I chose this Spanish Rioja.

Oenophilogical_JavierSanPedro_Tempranillo2014Winemaker: Javier San Pedro (Bodegas Vallobera)
Wine: Randez (Crianza)
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Rioja DDO
Price: $8.99 @ Trader Joe’s

Notes: With a bouquet of berries, cedar, and tobacco, this Spanish red was a dark ruby in the glass.  On the palate, the weight was on the light side of medium with good acidity and fairly aggressive tannins.  Alcohol came in at 13.5%.  Flavors for me included cherry, red currant, and quite a lot of pepper with green herbal notes and woody tannins.  It finished with a lingering note of bitters.  I should have been drinking this with a beef dish given it’s structure, but it was pleasant enough on it’s own if you like a red with a little bite.

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