BIERZO - SPAIN
“Of all the producers in Bierzo, Perez has the deepest roots (and the longest and most flourishing beard in the wine world). He still fits on this ‘one to watch’ list due to his astonishing diversity. If there’s anything interesting happening in northwest Spain then it’s very possible he’s involved…” - Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter, September 2016
Raúl Pérez is one of Spain’s finest winemakers, and some wine trade veterans believe Raúl is among a handful of the best winemakers in the world. He is intensely driven to be the conduit of amazing wines. He believes that wine is made in the vineyard, and has an uncanny knack for knowing what his vineyards need in order to achieve their greatest potential. His wines are extremely limited, handcrafted, artisanal examples from varieties such as Albariño, Mencía, Bastardo, Prieto Picudo and Godello from the northwestern DOs of Spain.
Raul Perez ‘Sketch’ Albarino 2015
Sketch is an expression of Albariño unlike any other. Raul allows the fruit to hang for almost a month longer than is the norm in Rias Baixas. Because this wine won't go through malolactic fermentation, Raul believes that this extra hang time helps to balance the acidity in this wine, in addition to lending profound concentration and richness.
94 points, Wine Advocate -“The one exceptional Albariño produced with the help of Rodrigo Méndez of Forjas del Salnés within Rías Baixas but sold without appellation of origin is the 2015 Sketch. This is an exceptionally fresh vintage of this Albariño that is usually a little riper and wider and often with a touch of botrytis, and this year is more mineral and sharp, more in the style of the wines from Forjas del Salnés, with a salty, mineral finish. I believe this is going to age exceptionally well. 1,500 bottles were filled in September 2016. Drink: 2017-2023.”
Raul Perez ‘El Pecado’ Mencia 2015
This one-of-a-kind wine is made from organically grown vines planted in 1910, in one of the most spectacular vineyards in the world. Just 215 six-pack cases were produced!
96 points, Wine Advocate -“The 2015 El Pecado, produced from the Capeliños vineyard from Guímaro, showed superbly. It has a subtle mix of flowers, wild berries, spices and earth, with great finesse and a vibrant palate with superb freshness for a year like 2015. It also has some citrus notes, very fine tannins and a long, dry and mineral finish. 1,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in early January 2017. Drink: 2017-2023.”
Raul Perez Mencia ‘Ultreia de Valtuille’ 2015
Ultreia de Valtuille is one of the most paradoxical wines in the world. The skins and stems mix with the wine for 90 days! Normally pressed during December, the wine shows an astounding degree of purity, precision and silky texture. Raúl explains:“With time, the tannins start breaking down, turning from harsh to silk.” Produced from a 1.1 hectare plot of organically farmed vines planted in 1908.
96 points, Wine Advocate -“This has delivered what the barrel sample promised last year; it is extremely elegant, with very fine tannins and great acidity - extremely Burgundian, complex, elegant and subtle. This is superb. Approachable and able to age.”