Jose Gil Viñedos en San Vincente de la Sonsierra, Rioja, Spain 2021

Jose Gil Viñedos en San Vincente de la Sonsierra, Rioja, Spain 2021

Jose Gil Viñedos en San Vincente de la Sonsierra, Rioja, Spain 2021

Rioja Alta is home to many of Rioja’s most well-recognized names, including López de Heredia, Muga, CVNE, and La Rioja Alta S.A. but it is also here you will find José Gil writing his own story of Rioja. Before modern or traditional Rioja, there was a simpler style of whole-cluster, co-fermented, and shortly-aged wines that were as naked and honest an expression of Rioja as one could find. So it should come as no surprise that when José Gil started his own project, he would follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and be more interested in the vineyard than the cellar. But these wines are far from simple. This wine evokes a dark brambly complexity with vibrancy and a mineral core. As the wine opens, it changes with each sip. The style is not one that is of traditional Rioja, but I wish more people were making Rioja like this. 

Jose’s Viñedos en San Vicente de la Sonsierra is sourced from vineyards around the village of San Vicente, all at elevations above 500m. A blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha and a tiny percentage of white varieties, this Rioja is co-fermented in concrete tanks, then aged for ten months in Jose’s cellar in San Vincente. Comprising the majority of the total production, Jose feels this wine represents the essence of the place of his birth – forthright, expressive, uncomplicated but far from simple, and something that could only come from his vineyards. Truly an ancestral expression of Rioja.

Pairing:  tapas, hamburgers, stews, pork, lamb and chorizo

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Viura, Garnacha Blanca

Soil: Clay-limestone, silt, sand

Viticulture: Sustainable 

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