Two From Bierzo!


Bierzo, Raul Perez, Image from OLE

The Godelia is imported by Europvin, brokered by Todd Ruby, and available at MacArthurs for $17.  The Raul Perez, Saint Jacques is imported by OLE and available at MacArthurs for ~$25.  Both of these wines are quite enjoyable and I recommend that you try each one.  With contrasting styles you are sure to find a favorite.  Be quick to purchase any of the wines from Raul Perez, production is limited, and the availability in the states is miniscule.  I believe OLE imported 45 cases of the Saint Jacques, Ultreia. I will certainly look out for the other wines of Raul Perez.

2008 Bodegas y Vinedos Godelia, Bierzo
This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from 40 to 80-year-old vines.  These vines are located on soils of fine elements, quartzite, and slate at an altitude of 500 to 700 meters.  The wine was aged for 12 months in French and American fine oak barrels.  An enjoyable lifted nose.  In the mouth the dark, cool fruits mix with some toast notes.  The lightly textured fruit is alive with lots of acidity.  Well done, I found a tad more pleasure from the nose. *** Now-2015.

2009 Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez, Saint Jacques, Ultreia, Bierzo
This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from 120 year old vines from an 8 acre vineyard.  The vineyard is located at 500-550 meters .  It was aged for 12 months in egg-shaped 1500 liter barrels.  There is a subtle, darker nose.  In the mouth the lovely tart fruit mixes with acidity.  There is a silent concentration to this wine.  The lurking power is reflected in the tightly coiled,  youthful profile.  This is serious Mencia that could use another year or two of aging. ***(*) 2014-2019.

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