Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez Ultreia La Claudina Blanco 2019
100% Godello. 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. The Ultreia La Claudina comes from a tiny site (0.3 hectares) in the village of Valtuille de Abajo. All Godello vines planted in 1995. Wild yeasts fermentation happens in one 1500L foudre. Around the beginning of Spring, a veil of flor develops on the wine. The wine remains in the foudre under this flor for between one and two years, depending on the level of reduction. It is then bottled without fining or filtration. Juicy flavors of stone and nutty notes, lovers of oxidative Jura wines, and all things Jerez should definitely give this bottle a go. The wine is simply fabulous. This is why Raúl Pérez is one of the best winemakers you will find anywhere in the world.