2018 Raúl Pérez El Cerro de Valdecañada

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Bierzo (Appellation)
Winery Raul Perez
Vintage 2020
Grape Mencia
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2024 - 2030
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Raúl Pérez is without a doubt the most medial winemaker in all of Spain at the moment. However, his wines are almost impossible to find! Everyone talks about it, but few have tasted it yet. Raúl is present in numerous appellations and regions, not only in Spain, but also in South Africa, Portugal, South America. The common thread in his work is the recovery of vieilles vignes from native grape varieties and the making of authentic wines with a lot of character and personality. Or to put it in his own words: 'I'd rather make an undrinkably bad Galician wine, but at least let it be a Galician wine.' He has already vinified dozens of wines in countless different regions (usually in the northwest of Spain, and beyond), but these have never been marketed. He tests, he tries, and often fails. This way of working naturally gives him a lot of experience, which will later enable him to get the most out of one grape variety or one region. Today he makes or helps make more than 80 wines. Finally, he has recently more or less settled down by renovating two mini-bodegas of his own: one in the Tierra de León region, in the village of Valdevimbre, and another in his native region of Bierzo, where he has his business in the village of Salas de los Barrios. own Ultreia's, the absolute essence of Mencía. Raúl always works as purely as possible. He uses the minimum amount of SO2.

In all the wines Raúl makes, he works with as little intervention as possible. For the red, entire bunches are used and vinified in old barrels. Nothing is added or corrected. The wine is then aged, again in old barrels and also under flor (so the barrels are not refilled). This flor gives the wine natural protection against oxidation during elevage and avoids the addition of sulfites. This flor is naturally present in the Ultreia cellars and Raúl uses it for both his white and red wines!

Yet another new project by Raúl Pérez. The wine was named after the village where the vineyards are located. This is a very different terroir than in Valtuille. At an altitude of about 800m, with a slate subsoil. This produces much fresher wines with a slimmer profile and lower alcohol. Raúl's most elegant wines! There were only 3 barrels of the 2018 El Cerro de Valdecañada, which has the ferruginous character of the Valdecañadas. The wine was named after the village where the vineyards are located. The old poles have been recovered and are on steep slopes. Obviously manual picking. Depending on the year, some are destemmed and some are vinified with whole bunches. No sulphites are added during vinification, only during bottling. Then maturing in barriques and large barrels. Never new oak.

The Valdecañada is bright red in color. On the nose a complex interplay of salty notes and earthy notes, so typical of the Mencía. Here, however, the mineral aromas of slate and iron dominate. Very original in the beginning. Atlantic. Long finish with a lot of complexity. Awesome!

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Raúl Pérez is without a doubt the most mediatic winemaker in all of Spain today. However, his wines are almost impossible to find! Everyone talks about it, but few have already tasted them. Raúl is present in numerous appellations and regions, not only in Spain, but also in South Africa, Portugal, South America.

We have been following Raúl since 2000; at that time he was still working as an oenologist at the Castro Ventosa family estate in Valtuille de Abajo. He also worked as an oenologist-consultant for other domains in Bierzo. He refined the Mencia to unprecedented heights, also helped Ricardo and Alvaro Palacios start their top domain, while constantly tasting and trying other wines from around the world. Raúl is a restless nature and his curiosity and passion take him further and further.

Between 2005 and 2007 he left the family domain and left for a wine odyssey. In a few years he made a name for himself and became a real 'star' in the wine world. The common thread in his work is the recovery of vieilles vignes from indigenous grape varieties and the making of authentic wines with a lot of character and personality. Or to put it in his own words, "I'd rather make an undrinkably bad Galician wine, but at least let it be a Galician wine." He has therefore already vinified dozens of wines in countless different regions (mostly in the northwest of Spain, and also beyond), but which have never been marketed. He tests, he tries, and often fails. Of course, this way of working brings him a lot of experience, with which he will later be able to get the most out of one grape variety or one region.

Today he makes or contributes to more than 80 wines. In the end, he more or less settled himself by renovating two of his own mini-bodegas: one in the Tierra de León region, in the village of Valdevimbre, and another in his native Bierzo, where he is in the village of Salas de los Barrios. own Ultreia's, the absolute essence of Mencía. Raúl always works organically and as pure as possible. It uses the minimum of SO2. The wines we get from him are always in minimal quantities and we hardly ever know what we are going to get, from what year and how much ... That is Raúl in all.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Castilla y Leon
Appellation Bierzo (Appellation)
Winery Raul Perez
Grape Mencia
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2020
Drinking as of 2024
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch
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