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2018 Raúl Pérez "Ultreia St-Jacques" Mencía Bierzo SKU #1474820

Price: $18.99

RP 93
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  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    9/6/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Mencia is one of my absolute favorite varieties. When I first started tasting through Spanish wine seriously, I fell in love with the lovely dark fruited, medium bodied, expressively herbal grape. Raul Perez is one of the best producers and this little wine is dynamite. A great sub-$20 deal!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    9/4/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the most exciting wine values in the store. This is a great dinner red. It is dynamic and expressive. With just a little time in glass the range of fruit aromas goes from bright fresh red berries to dark macerated fruits all the time backed with a wild mountain herbal component. The palate is medium bodied with sleek very fine tannins, driving acidity but without any tartness, all the delicious dark fruits on the palate and a mild savory edge. The wine has a dark savory textural character of Northern Rhone Syrah with the herbal freshness of Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. This is what Mencia and Bierzo are all about. It is my hope that one day we will describe those French regions by comparing them to Bierzo. With wine like this I do not think that day will be too far away.
  • Andrew Tobin
    By: Andrew Tobin
    8/29/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't quite understand how Bierzo has existed so under the radar for so long in our market. Talk about a region that has insane value for the money—wine that has more complexity and intrigue than it has any right to, and frankly something that could easily be compared to northern Rhone wines. The nose opens with light candied fruit but quickly morphs into more serious dried and forest berries, anise, licorice, and peppered meat. The palate is bright up front, and then moves into a dark, dense forest note with the finish becoming gamier and a little bit more forest-esque. If you like GSMs and want to try something a little less tannic and more approachable, while holding on to all that amazing complexity, I don't know how you could pass this one up!

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