Raul Perez "Ultreia - La Cova de la Raposa" Bierzo 2018

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Varietal: Mencia
Sub-Region: Bierzo
Region: Castile y Leon
Color: Red
Country/State: Spain
This special, singular Mencia is one of our favorite wines of the year. It is loaded to the brim with bright herb-laced, spicy black fruit with incredible length on the hearty finish. Serious stuff, made in tiny amounts and at Vin Chicago, priced $10 lower than any other retailer in the country - last we checked. Grab one of the 600 bottles produced quick!
92 Wine & Spirits (10/2020) "Since the late 19th century, the sandy soils of La Cova de la Raposa have sustained a mix of mencia, garnacha tintorera and bastardo growing at 1,935 feet in elevation. Perez ferments this wine as whole bunches in large open barrels, then ages it in French oak. Its flavors of black currant and forest berry bring to mind a mountain forest, the luscious fruit intensity holding cool within its tannic structure, corralling that fruit in spicy green- peppercorn notes. A young Bierzo of power and grace."
94 Our Score (10/2020)
94 Wine Advocate (6/30/2020) "Cool vintages in warm zones seem to work, and it shows in the 2018 Ultreia Cova de la Raposa, which was not produced in 2017 because of the frost. There is only a 500-liter oak barrel, and the wine feels quite fine for the warmer exposure. The sandy soils produce stress in this vineyard, but in a rainier year like 2018, they are an advantage. This feels harmonious, with black rather than red fruit and some dusty tannins, a little more rustic and on the Rhone side more than Burgundy. There are 600 bottles of this. It was bottled in December 2019."
$
5999
750 ML
Available:
~8 bottles | Check all Stores
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Ready to drink now, will improve with more aging
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Biodynamic


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