Budget Wine: Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo 2011

javier san pedro randezThere are terrific bargains to  be found buying Spanish wine (see reviews of Faustino and Cune for two examples). But cheap isn’t necessarily a bargain. The old adage if it looks too good to be true it probably is. I spotted this Crianza at Trader Joe’s for $7. There is a reason. Bright cranberry on the nose but very prominent vegetal notes are an issue, and little overt oak making it a bit unusual for a Rioja. The palate is leathery with more tart cranberry and surprisingly tough tannins. There is plenty of structure but this is a stiff, unyielding wine with insufficient fruit to balance the tannin and acidity. If you like austere wines this is as unrefined as you can get. Score: 80 Price: $7 Alc: 13.5 This wine takes me back to early Trent Reznor and NIne Inch Nails–tough, unforgiving, destitute. It reminds you there are states of mind compared to which this wine is like Chateau Margaux:

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  1. I’m a Trader Joe wine customer in Davis, CA, and I buy affordable wines. I just finished a bottle from Javier San Pedro, Tempranillo 2017. I would like to contact the winery owner Mr. Javier San Pedro, and share my positive comments about this bottle (IT 004921). I would like to know the altitude of the vineyard, max and min. temperatures and soil type. Is the vineyard irrigated? Thank you for posting your review, kind regards, Arturo Carlos Carvajal

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