Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez Bierzo Tinto Ultreia St Jacques 2018
Mostly Mencia Dominated Field Blend. Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. He has quickly become the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation and in the intervening years, he has expanded his sphere of activity to include the appellations of Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, and Tierra de León. In addition to numerous other accolades, Raúl was named “Winemaker of the Year” by German publication Der Feinschmecker in 2014 and “Best Winemaker in the World” for 2015 by the French publication Bettane+Desseauve. In the February 2018 Decanter, Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros wrote, “Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” Raúl Pérez is the archetype of humility though and that comes through in his wines as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail. Saint Jacques comes from clay soils and is fermented with 80% whole cluster then aged in various neutral vessels and bottled without filtration or fining. These are the types of wines that show why Raul Perez is a master at every level of wine and the high quality of grapes that can come from Bierzo.