1998 Señorío de P.Peciña Gran Reserva Rioja
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.
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.
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.