Raúl-Pérez Ultreia St. Jacques 2015

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# 51 TOP 100 WINE OF YEAR 2017 WINE SPECTATOR: Raúl Pérez makes wine in several different regions of Spain’s northwest, but he makes his home, and some of his most renowned wines in Bierzo. The wines in the Ultreia series follow the Burgundy model: a pair of entry-level “village” wines from multiple sites and then a collection of single-vineyard expressions. The majority of these vineyards are located in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where the Pérez family has lived and worked for generations.

This red is from the village of Valtuille de Abajo and is a blend of multiple vineyards, planted between 1900-1940. The soils among the 5 hectares he sources from are clay in nature, and the varieties planted are mostly Mencía with Bastardo (Trousseau) and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet). The wine is made with 80% whole cluster fermentation in large oak vats. Macerations of between two and five months. Aging in various vessels: 225L, 500L, foudre and cement. Bottled without fining or filtration.
Category Red Wine
Country Spain
Region Bierzo
Brand Raúl-Pérez
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Ultreia St Jacques is the entry-level red for the Ultreia range and is amazingly good for the price. Produced from old vines, this is a serious wine, with juicy fruit, a fine palate and good freshness for the conditions of the year. They have included new vineyards that they have been working for the last four or five years, so they are able to bottle a little bit more wine. This is a great value. 24,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017.

August 30, 2017