José Gil Rioja 'San Vicente la Sonsierra' 2021

José Gil Rioja 'San Vicente la Sonsierra' 2021

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A terroir trailblazer eschewing Rioja’s traditional oak-ageing categories, José Gil is producing masterful site-specific wines from ancient vineyards high up in Rioja Alavesa.

Growing up in the hills around San Vicente de la Sonsierra, José learned his craft at his family’s Bodegas Olmaza – a domaine famed for having some of Rioja’s oldest vine holdings.

After working in Burgundy and the Mosel, José started his own project in 2011 with just 2ha of vineyards. Taking over high-altitude plots that his family struggled to manage, José and his wife Vicky farm 8ha of organic old-vine Tempranillo co-planted with small amounts of Garnacha, Viura, and Palomino. 

Pressed gently and fermented with indigenous yeasts, their wines are aged in a combination of large French oak and neutral vessels in a cellar carved out of the hillside.

From a patchwork of 80-to-130-year-old vines, the exceptional value ‘village-blend’ ‘San Vicente de la Sonsierra’ combines Tempranillo’s pure fruit with Burgundian elegance, while ‘Vinos en Labastida’ shows added aromatic intensity and floral lift – the result of its warmer aspect.

José also produces three single-vineyard wines in tiny quantities: from a north-west-facing site, ‘Bardallo’ offers an intoxicating fragrance of ripe berries and fine chalky tannins. A 0.4ha vineyard planted among lavender and thyme bushes, ‘La Canoca’ shows a juicy palate layered with herbal nuances. From the domaine’s oldest plots, ‘Camino de Ribas’ is silky and seductive with black cherry and exotic spice.

Since receiving huge scores from the critics for his 2020 vintage, José’s wines have become some of Rioja’s most sought-after allocations – we expect his 2021s will be similarly lauded.

Vibrant and energetic – spicy berries and silky tannins.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Producer José Gil
Vintage 2021
Grape Varieties Grenache, Viura, Tempranillo
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 75.0cl