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Raul Perez St Jacques 'Ultreia' Mencia 2019 1.5L
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Wine Advocate 94
"The nose of the 2019 Ultreia Saint Jacques is nothing short of spectacular. It shows the varietal character and the juicy and round style of the Valtuille vineyards. It's harmonious, clean and expressive. They are using more and more stems with long macerations, malolactic in tanks and aging in 30% oak vats (he purchased from Alión) and 70% of the wine in used 225-liter oak barrels for one year. There is only one ... read more
This is a red wine
Item ID: #47736
Location at store:101d
Size: 1.5L (bottle)
Closure: Cork
Alcohol by vol: 13.5%

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Wine Advocate 94
"The nose of the 2019 Ultreia Saint Jacques is nothing short of spectacular. It shows the varietal character and the juicy and round style of the Valtuille vineyards. It's harmonious, clean and expressive. They are using more and more stems with long macerations, malolactic in tanks and aging in 30% oak vats (he purchased from Alión) and 70% of the wine in used 225-liter oak barrels for one year. There is only one master blend, which is put into oak vats and bottled by 25,000- to 30,000-bottle lots. In 2019 he produced 110,000 bottles of this wine."

New York Times
"Its always interesting to compare mencas grown in Bierzo in western Spain, with those grown in Ribeira Sacra, a little farther west in Galicia. Its especially interesting when they are made by Ral Prez, a master of menca who makes wine in both places. Ultreia Saint Jacques is his entry-level Bierzo. Grown mostly on clay soils, its fruitier and a little heavier than the more racy Ribeira Sacras, grown on slate soils. Its juicy, spicy and balanced, with a touch of creaminess. Eric Asimov, 12 Wines for Thanksgiving and Beyond (NYT)"

Tasting Notes
"There is a part of the 2017 Ultreia, from grapes grown on slate soils in the Ponferrada zone, that Prez thinks are responsible for a faint animal character in the wine. The rest of the grapes are sourced in Valtuille de Abajo on clay soils. The palate revealed some grainy tannins and a dry finish. 7,000 bottles were filled in June 2017."

The Wine
Village: Valtuille de Abajo
Vineyard: Various
Year of plantation: 1900-1940
Hectares: 5
Soil: Clay
Varieties: Mostly Menca with Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet)
Elaboration: 80 whole cluster fermentation in large oak vats. Macerations of between two and five months. Aging in various vessels: 225L, 500L, foudre and cement. Bottled without fining or filtration.

The Estate
Ral Prez makes wine in several different regions of Spains northwest, but he makes his home (and some of his finest wines) in Bierzo. The wines in the Ultreia series follow the Burgundy model: a pair of entry-level village wines from multiple sites and then a collection of single-vineyard expressions. The majority of these vineyards are located in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where the Prez family has lived and worked for generations.

Also included under the Bodegas y Viedos Ral Prez label are some wines from outside of Bierzo. His two most coveted (and limited) red wines, El Pecado and La Penitencia, hail from the Amandi zone of the Ribeira Sacra D.O. There are also two wines that correspond to the Tierra de Len D.O., a white from the Albarn grape (not Albario) and a red from Prieto Picudo.

The final wine in this collection is Sketch Albario, undoubtedly Rals most famous bottling. Contrary to popular belief and, indeed, some reports in major media outlets, this wine is not aged underwater. It is, however, one of the finest white wines produced in Spain, and demand for it always outpaces supply.

Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez

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Bodegas y Vinedos Raul PerezRaúl Pérez makes wine in several different regions of Spain's northwest, but he makes his home (and some of his finest wines) in Bierzo. The wines in the Ultreia series follow the Burgundy model: a pair of entry-level "village" wines from multiple sites and then a collection of single-vineyard expressions. The majority of these vineyards are located in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where the Pérez family has lived and worked for generations.

Also included under the Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez label are some wines from outside of Bierzo. His two most coveted (and limited) red wines, El Pecado and La Penitencia, hail from the Amandi zone of the Ribeira Sacra D.O. There are also two wines that correspond to the Tierra de León D.O., a white from the Albarín grape (not Albariño) and a red from Prieto Picudo.

The final wine in this collection is Sketch Albariño, undoubtedly Raúl's most famous bottling. Contrary to popular belief and, indeed, some reports in major media outlets, this wine is not aged underwater. It is, however, one of the finest white wines produced in Spain, and demand for it always outpaces supply.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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