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El Pedal 2020

El Pedal

The fresh and juicy side to La Rioja


/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%
Production90,000 bottles

The wine

El Pedal is one of the latest winemaking projects by Hermanos Hernáiz and excellent value for money. A blend of grapes from different plots creates a more seductive and Mediterranean-style Rioja despite using Tempranillo from Rioja Alta. It is a fresh wine, carefree and direct, best enjoyed when chilled a little more than usual.

What does this wine taste like?

Fragrant and young with aromas of red fruits, strawberry lollipops, spices and liquorice dancing over a gently toasted background.

Picota cherry red / Intense / Violet rim
Fragrant / Fresh / Fruit aromas / Wild fruits / Floral scents / Violets / Red liquorice wheels / Strawberries
Fruit aromas / Ageing notes / Pleasant finish / Intense / Long

Drinking and storing

Best enjoyed when chilled a little more than usual.

Serve between 13ºC and 15ºC

Food pairing

Vegetable casseroles / Grilled meat / Grills

Ratings and awards

202190 PK
201990 PK91 PN
201890-91 PK
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The very young and fruit-driven 2021 El Pedal Tempranillo is a ripe and juicy blend of Tempranillo with 4% Mazuelo (Cariñena) despite the contained 13.7% alcohol. It comes from younger vineyards, and 50% of the wine matured in 500-liter barrels and the rest in concrete for six months. 95,000 bottles. It was bottled in April 2022.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2021 - 90 PARKER

Customer reviews

21 reviews


The wine is made in concrete and stainless steel tanks with gentle stirring at low temperatures. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in concrete tanks, 5,000-litre wooden vats and pre-used 500-litre barrels.

Before being bottled come springtime, a small amount of the previous vintage which has aged for a year in oak is added, making up about 10% of the finished wine. 


Vinification materialCement / Wood
Ageing period5 months


Tempranillo from Rioja Alta, in the towns and villages of Fuenmayor, Cenicero, Navarrete, Hornos de Moncalvillo and Baños de Rioja. 

Vine age30 years
SoilSandy loam / Pebbles

The winery

Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz

Viñedos Hermanos Hernáiz

Finca La Emperatriz is one of the very few Rioja wineries to produce their wines from one single vine-growing plantation, which is customary in Bordeaux's Médoc region (other Rioja wineries employing the same model are Remelluri, Valpiedra and Contino). This is an estate of excellent quality whose potential had already been recognised at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1878 and which concealed a very important history. The estate originally belonged to Eugenia de Montijo,...