A new vintage of Raul Perez’s brilliant Mencia value from the Ribera Sacra, Bierzo, and Valdeorras regions of Galicia in northeastern Spain. The scallop shell (St. Jacques) is the icon for the historic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This wine pays tribute to the trails leading to the city and the church, and to those monks who gift Mencia vines along the routes to farmers who allowed the travelers rest and stay on their properties.
If this is a new varietal for you, this is the ideal wine for you to initiate yourself……lip smacking “hard candy” wild berries, loam minerality, soft and supple mouthfeel. Perfect with burgers or “whatever”! Has been called one of the world’s greatest wine values and we agree. Sourced from ancient bush vines, organically dry farmed on decomposed sand and schist vineyards.
“The truly impressive 2018 Ultreia Saint Jacques transcends its price category. They de-stemmed more grapes because they fermented it in the oak vats they bought from Vega Sicilia to use in the new winery, where it macerated for two months and then matured in used barrels for nine to 10 months. The secret is to use very good grapes from very good vineyards. The wine is clean, precise and fresh, and the oak is super-subtle, almost unnoticeable. The palate reflects a fluid wine of pleasure, a red of thirst. This is the wine where they have invested more, and 2018 has to be the finest vintage to date.” – 93+ points, Wine Advocate (ML) – 06/2020