2001 Senorio de P. Pecina Reserva Rioja (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged in barrel for three years, the 2001 Reserva has a mature, mellow bouquet of hickory, sandalwood and dried blood that is very attractive to those with a predilection for traditional Rioja. The palate is fully mature with soft tannins: melted savory red fruit with dried herbs, allspice and leather. There does not appear to be any drying out on the finish, so enjoy this Reserva now and over the next 4-5 years. Drink now-2018.
2001 is a great vintage in Rioja, and at Peciņa their reserva shows this extra special deimension in terms of intensity and high quality raw material. Pedro Peciņa, former vineyard manager at La Rioja Alta, is at the helm of this family bodega, assisted by his son Pedro. Like all their wines, this is 100% estate fruit, sourced primarily from around San Vicente with a bit of fruit coming from Labastida as well. Tempranillo forms the majority of the blend, with garnacha and graciano rounding things out. Stylistically, these are classic Rioja wines, aged in used American oak, racked twice a year, and with all the requisite warm, earthy, spicy, elegant berry fruit one can expect in classic, old school Rioja. As an added bonus, these vines are farmed with an expert hand, minimally sprayed, and are beautifully situated; many are on north facing slopes which in this part of Rioja is an ideal orientation. The wines are fermernted using only native yeasts, and show a real classic sense of style both in terms of the flavors and texture. These are amongst our favorite Spanish wines.