1998 Señorío de P.Peciña Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1033864 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Suave red berry, kirsch, anise and dried rose aromas are compelling and strikingly precise. Silky in texture and packed with sweet red berry, licorice, vanilla bean and floral pastille flavors. Fine-grained tannins lend structure to this suave, flat-out delicious wine, which possesses outstanding depth and complexity and finishes with haunting floral echoes.  (8/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Pecina Gran Reserva was aged for 48 months in used American oak. Similarly perfumed and styled to its younger siblings, it has additional fragrance, greater grip, and a bit more finesse. Nicely balanced and lengthy, it will provide excellent drinking over the next 8 years. Like many traditional producers, Hermanos Pecina is trying its hand at a more modern styled wine.  (2/2008)

K&L Notes

This is a new find for us, and we couldn't be more thrilled about this producer. Founded in 1992 this is a relatively new producer, but fully old school in their approach. Their winemaker spent 20 years at one of our faves, La Rioja Alta, and his approach really shows here. Made from vines of approximately 40 years of age this shows incredible density, but stays away from all that new oak and textural glycerin. As light as a feather and full of pipe tobacco, porcini mushrooms, and roasted anise seed this is incredibly complex stuff. Perfect for any serious Holiday dinner or a quiet night with a book and a warm fire.

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By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2010 | Send Email
I recently threw in the 98 Pecina as ringer for a blind tasting featuring Grand Cru Burgundies, second growth Bordeaux, and a few wines from some of California's top producers. It confounded the discerning palates involved by being so uniquely magnificent and so unexpected. If you enjoy aged wines with character, open this wine tonight and you are in for a real treat. The nose reveals a complex bouquet of red fruit, earth, vanilla, and exotic spice, but those descriptors seem flat compared to the real thing. The palate is medium-bodied and impeccably balanced, with smooth tannins and a core of developing red fruit that delivers flavor clear through the long finish. Classic Rioja earthiness and savory notes persist throughout. This wine begs for a feast of seasoned pork, game, or fowl, and will not be undone be strong flavors or heavy sauces. Being Spanish, it will also be just as content to gnosh all night on good cheese and jamon iberico. I can't think of a better gift for any wine lover than this bottle.

By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2008 | Send Email
This wine shows depth and elegance, steering clear of the new oak and slick texture of many modern Rioja.Wisps of pipe tobacco curl around toasted anise and porcini mushrooms on the nose, and there are plenty of red berry and licorice flavors to energize your palate. Framed by fine-grained, well-integrated tannins this wine has the build to drink well for a decade or more.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
Country:

Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13