Bodegas y Viñedos Raul Perez - Ultreia Saint Jacques Bierzo 2021 750ml (13.16% ABV)
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Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. Since he produced his first vintage for his family’s winery in 1994 at the age 22, he has been in the forefront of the conversation about what has been called “The New Spain”. In 2005, he left his family business to strike out on his own, creating Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez, which quickly became the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation
this bottling is sourced from small plots (totaling 5 ha) in the village of Valtuille de Abajo
all are very old vines, planted between 1900-1940. soil is mostly clay with some sand
a blend of 11 wines selected from the 17 they made. It's a wine that represents Bierzo
pH of 3.66
Floral, spicy aromas with hints of underbrush and crushed blackberry and boysenberry. Serious & restrained yet also juicy and easy to drink with great vibrancy and length on the palate. Medium bodied, hints of herbs, lavender, coffee bean, and tomato leaf, loamy earth, light tannins, stone & tar. A savory red for fans of volcanic, mineral-driven wines from Mt Etna or a unique alternative to Burgundy.
region: Bierzo Spain
varietal: Mostly Mencía with Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet)
style: complex red
farming/cellar: organic, 80% whole cluster fermentation in large oak vats. Macerations of between two and five months. Aging in various vessels: 70% aged in barrels of various size: 225L, 500L, & foudre and 30% aged in very large tronconic oak vats. Bottled without fining or filtration.