Ross' Weekly Sip: Bodegas Raúl Pérez wines

If you are a fan of Spanish wine and the quality to cost ratio that makes the country one of the best values in the world of wine, there is much to be excited about today! 

After an extended hiatus, the wines of Bodegas Raúl Pérez have returned to the state of Missouri!  While we hoped there would be better availability, these wines are produced in small quantities and we were only able to source two cases of each wine, both dominated by the local Mencia grape, which will be divided between our three stores. 

So… who is Raúl Pérez? 

Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. Since he produced his first vintage for his family’s winery in 1994 at the age 22, he has been in the forefront of the conversation about what has been called “The New Spain”. In 2005, he left his family business to strike out on his own, creating Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez, which quickly became the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation. In the intervening years, he has expanded his sphere of activity to include the appellations of Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra and Tierra de León, but his heart and his home remain in Valtuille de Abajo, the village in Bierzo where his family has been tending vines for well over 300 years.

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+Dessauve. In Decanter this past February, Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros wrote, “Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” A picture of Raúl in that same article is captioned, “Is this the best winemaker in the world?” Raúl would certainly not self-apply any of these superlatives. In fact, his genius is far exceeded by his humility and generosity of spirit. That humility comes through in his wines. These are not “winemaker” wines so much as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail.

Both the Ultreia Saint Jacques ($18.99) and Ultreia Bierzo Tinto ($29.99) will be made available this afternoon in all three Mike’s stores.  if you would like to reserve bottles for yourself, but can’t make it in today, feel free to email to secure your bottles! 

Andy Doohan