Ger­mán Blanco

Decanter - - RIOJA -

This rel­a­tively new ar­rival to Rioja is surely al­to­gether too like­able to be a rene­gade. Dim­ple-cheeked, smil­ing Ger­mán Blanco made his name in Rib­era del Duero with Quinta Milú, based in the qual­ity vil­lage of La Aguil­era, mak­ing lighter, fresher wines from Tinto Fino. He re­peated this search for fresh­ness fur­ther north in Bierzo, with the brands Casa Aurora and San Es­te­ban. It’s his very sin­gle-minded pas­sion that qual­i­fies him as a rene­gade in Rioja. His project here is based in Navarra, where he works with lo­cal wine­maker Javier Co­lio. Their first vin­tage was 2015. Cur­rently they make one wine, a Tem­pranillo with some Viura in the blend, from vines aged be­tween 20-50 years old. The wine is un­oaked and or­gan­i­cally farmed, ac­cord­ing to his phi­los­o­phy.

Ger­mán Blanco

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