2007 Señorío de P.Peciña Joven Rioja, Spain

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This is the simplistic, yet delicious, bottling from one of my favorite Rioja producers Señorío de P.Peciña. Yep, it is the "young wine" from the same producer that brought us their outstanding 1998 Gran Reserva and their workhorse 2000 Crianza. The Joven is a blend of 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Garnacha which is fermented and aged completely in stainless steel. On my stop at the winery earlier in the year I found this to be much more spicy and complex than about 99% of the Rioja Joven on the market today. I think one of the reasons is the fact that more of the top level fruit went into the bottling in this particular year. Full of licorice and roasted fennel spice on the nose this becomes both fruity and earthy on the palate. Strawberry, cherry and black currant duke it out with the typical terroir notes of clay and leather. Plus this has none of the fizz or Kool-Aid like flavors that are so commonly associated with Joven. Why? Because no carbonic maceration is used in the making of this wine. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2008 | Send Email
Lots of red currant, spice and tobacco. Simple yet fruity and delicious. Fans of Cru Beaujolais should check out this wine because it has the fruit of a Morgon and the aromatics of a Fleurie. Great with the holiday meal.

Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2008 | Send Email
Not usually my cup of tea, I was surprised and impressed with this Joven from P Pecina. Full of bright blue and red fruit with a little spice, this fresh wine is precise and clean. Put a slight chill on it and enjoy it like a Cru Beaujolais. Perfect for turkey, too.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/24/2008 | Send Email
Wow, Peciña is really raising the stakes as far as elegant joven (that is to say, minimally or unoaked) Rioja is concerned. Very tasty, spicy yet delicate, blueberry and dark fruits combine for one pretty wine. Loads of finesse and character, and unlike any other Rioja currently in our stocks.

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- 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.


- 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.