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Ultreia Bierzo “Saint Jacques” by Raúl Pérez
One of the few northwestern Spanish regions with a focus on a red variety, Bierzo, part of Castilla y León, is home to the flowery and fruity Mencia grape. Mencia produces balanced and bright red wines full of strawberry, raspberry and pomegranate, plus deeper suggestions of violet, black pepper and black licorice. Imagine a seamless union of all the best aspects of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Syrah and you’ll start to get this grape.
“The Ultreia “St. Jacques” bottling from Raúl Pérez is one of my favorite wines from him, as these vines were planted between 1900 and 1940. The vineyard is a classic, Mencía- dominated field blend, with the 2018 version including eighty percent whole clusters and aged in a combination of various old oak casks and vats, as well as some cement tanks. The wine offers up a pure and complex nose of dark berries, pomegranate, tree bark, woodsmoke, a beautiful base of dark soil tones, a dollop of sweet stem botanicals and just a touch of cigar ash in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and displays outstanding mid-palate depth, with a fine foundation of soil tones, ripe, buried tannins, lovely focus and grip and a long, complex and impeccably balanced finish. This is simply outstanding young Bierzo! Now-2060.”
94 points -John Gilman, View From the Cellar
Regular retail price for this wine is $29.99
Foxcroft Exclusive Online Price: four bottles for $99.99**
This wine is arriving this week; we’ll email you when your order is ready for pickup.
**this pricing is good for online purchases only during the month of March**