Two excellent Bierzo from Raul Perez
A quick taste of the two wines featured in today’s post confirms that Raul Perez has an adept hand with Mencia. The fruit for the 2011 Geografia Liquida y Raul Perez, Dargo, Bierzo was sourced from vineyards near the town of Valtuille de Abajo whereas the fruit in the 2012 Raul Perez, Vico, Bierzo was sourced from higher altitude vineyards in Ponferrada. The Dargo offers up more generous fruit but also has exciting acidity and ultimately takes on an attractive savory and weighty nature. The Vico is the more backwards of the two with its higher altitude origins revealed in the floral fruit. I understand the Vico might be the more expensive, structured wine but right now the Dargo delivers both more interest and promise. It is also priced at only $17 which means you should not just buy one bottle but several. The Dargo was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2011 Geografia Liquida y Raul Perez, Dargo, Bierzo – $17
Imported by Peninsula Wines. This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from vines planted in 1965 that was fermented in stainless steel then aged for 7 months in large oak foudres. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose initially reveals dark aromas of cherry and pineapple upside cake then eventually more fruit with a greenhouse hint. In the mouth is a dark red, deep start then a piercing citric bit with laser-beam vibrancy on the tongue. There were dry, fine tannins on the gums. With extended air this wine morphs to become savory and weighty. ***(*) Now-2020.
2012 Raul Perez, Vico, Bierzo – $30
Imported by OLE. This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from vines planted in 1923 that underwent a 60-day post fermentation maceration before spending 11 months in used French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%. The nose began with piercing, yeasty-citric aromas before it cleared up to reveal floral black and purple fruit. In the mouth were redder fruit flavors water acidity, and a strong dose of very fine tannins. With extended air the tannins remain present but there is strength in the wine that will see it through. *** 2016-2021.