2012 Raul Perez "Ultreia St. Jacques" Mencía Bierzo

SKU #1224508 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Ultreia St Jacques is a Mencía cuvée from different plots across Bierzo, part fermented in stainless steel, part in barrique and part in oak vats all with 100% full clusters. It shows some notes of coffee and a herbal side with echoes of raspberry leaf and wild berries. The medium-bodied palate offers refined tannins and good freshness. It's a great, approachable, very drinkable, commercial wine. (LG)  (1/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Asian spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by deeper suggestions of licorice, violet and musky underbrush. Appealingly sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with building notes of floral pastilles and smoky minerals adding complexity. The mineral quality resounds on the clinging finish, which leaves behind intense raspberry and floral pastille notes. This suave, Pinot-like wine, which was made from vines that were reportedly planted in 1889(!), was aged in a 1,500-liter French oak foudre for eight months. (JR)  (1/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Cherry and currant flavors mingle with spice and toasted vanilla notes in this alluring red. Has a silky texture, with well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. The finish is long and spicy. (TM)  (8/2015)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2015 | Send Email
Raul Perez is from the Bierzo region and knows the surrounding vineyards extremely well. That said, his wines continue to get even better than they've been, which is saying something, as they have always been really good! For this bottling of Ultreia St. Jacques, 100% whole clusters are used and the wine is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel, larger barrels and oak vats, which gives a variety of blending components. Savory red fruited aromas lead to tasty fruit on palate, featuring bright cherry flavors and a lithe, elegant texture. Tannins grip nicely on the back end. Serious wine.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5