2019 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques, Tinto Bierzo (Mencia), Galicia, Spain – WA94

2019 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques, Tinto Bierzo (Mencia), Galicia, Spain – WA94

$22.95

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WAITING PATIENTLY SINCE FEBRUARY!  JUST RESTOCKED!

This is a new brilliant vintage of Raul Perez’s St. Jacques 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 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.” – 94 points, Wine Advocate, Luis Gutiérrez January 31, 2022

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