Javier San Pedro Ortega Viuda Negra Crianza 2019 (90 JS)
“A exuberant and fruit-forward nose, full of red plums, strawberries and some licorice spices. Medium body with a smooth delivery of bright cherries and sleek tannins. Lots of immediate appeal.”
Javier San Pedro Ortega
Sourced from around the famed town of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa, the Viuda Negra Crianza is a well-defined Tempranillo that demonstrates the remarkable sense of place Javier pulls from all his wines. Jubilant in style, as Javier likes from his Crianza’s, the wine still manages to show a remarkable level of complexity due to 30+ year old vines from higher elevation vineyards.
Javier San Pedro Ortega is a fifth-generation farmer and winemaker in Laguardia, the Rioja Alavesa's most emblematic village. Rather than wait to take the reins of his family's winery, he decided in 2014 to strike out on his own with nothing more than a bank loan and some inherited vineyards. The status and pedigree of his wines were quickly recognized, with some calling him “destined to become one of the great Rioja winemakers.” (Ferran Centelles, JancisRobinson.com)