Raul Perez Ultreia St. Jacques 2017
Raúl Pérez makes wine in several different regions of Spain’s northwest, but he makes his home 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.
Made of mostly Mencía with Bastardo (Trousseau) and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) , this is Raúl's 'village' red made from various vineyards in the area of Valtuille de Abajo . The vines were planted from 1900-1940 and the soils are comprised of clay. 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.
The Latin word 'Ultreia' was used to greet the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago, a word that means 'forward', and, in this way, Raúl Pérez named one of his most well-known and appreciated wine collections.
Wine AdvocateThe clean, floral and 2017 Ultreia Saint Jacques comes mostly from old vineyards from different soils in Valtuille and Villadecanes fermented in stainless steel and oak vats with part of full clusters and matured in used barriques for one year. It's produced in a fresh and very drinkable way. This is one of the best values from Bierzo and Spain, and a great introduction to Bierzo. It's a more serious wine than what the wine was when it was first produced, fresh and elegant. It's very reliable and a great value. There are some 100,000 bottles that were filled in two production runs.