Wine and Spirits Winery of the Year – Raul Perez

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The extraordinary wines of Raul Perez must be tasted to be believed. Words simply cannot do them justice.

- Jay Miller from The Wine Advocate

The wines of Raul Perez are among Spain’s most noteworthy, and some believe they are the finest examples of what can be done with the Albarino and Mencia grapes.  In 2010, Wine and Spirits Magazine named Bodegas y Viñedos Raul Perez winery of the year!

In summation, these wines stretch limits…for the vines, for the workers tending them, and even for winemakers like Raul who push barriers in vinification techniques….for the consumer, they are just beautiful!

We are offering a special discount on mixed six-packs of the two featured wines

3 bottles each –  for $188.94!

Either of these wines would make a perfect gift for a wine-savvy friend, or they can round out a collection for those who want to branch-out!

Little bit of Background

The Mencia vineyard below to the left is planted at a 65 degree gradient and Raul’s wine made from these vineyard is called El Pecado, meaning “The Sin”.

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The Albarino bottles above and to the right (Called Sketch) are aged underwater at a depth of 60 feet as he believes the benefits of temperature, pressure, and zero oxygen ultimately produce an albarino of distinction.

We have a small quantity of the “baby” versions of these two wines, called “Vico” Mencia. and “Muti” Albarino.  We’ve written about the mencia grape a few times in the past, and if you’ve enjoyed the Petalosor A Portella wines, then I’d say you’re a mencia convert!

2010 Raul Perez Vico – 100% Mencia organically farmed from Bierzo

Medium bodied with red fruits, the Vico Mencia has great complexity as it’s 30% whole cluster pressed with an extended maceration period of 60 days!  A very unusual technique.   This wine has great intensity with an added floral component that is just fantastic.  The Mencía grape has a characteristic green-leaf quality, a minty-menthol edge that Spanish winemakers often describe as “balsamic.” referring to wine’s character of refreshing spices like anise or fennel.  Made from 75-80 year old vines, this pairs well with medium intensity dishes prepared with savory spices and fresh herbs. Only 500 cases were produced.

2011 Muti – 100% Albarino organically farmed from Rias Baixas

Albarino is arguably Spain’s most important white grape, and Raul’s version comes from vines up to 100 years old, planted only 30 meters from the ocean!  Half of the grapes are aged in older oak barrels which adds some texture to the wine. The vineyard sites are among the coolest in Northwestern spain and the dry, mineral and citrus characteristics are a perfect match for oysters and fresh seafoods.  Only 133 cases were produced!

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2010 Raul Perez – Vico

100% Mencia from Bierzo, Spain

1-5 Bottles – $34.99

6+ bottles – $31.49

36 bottles are available – currently in stock

2011 Raul Perez – Muti

100% Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain

1-5 Bottles – $34.99

6+ Bottles – $31.49

30 bottles are available – currently in stock

Or

Mix three bottles each and received the discounted price.

A mixed six-pack is $188.94

Please send a reply to nick@highlandfinewine.com

if you’d like us to save any for you!


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