La Vizcaina is a new project from master Spanish winemaker Raúl Pérez, done in partnership with importers Patrick Mata and Alberto Ortiz. These Mencia grapes are whole-cluster fermented in oak vats then finished in older barrique. This single-vineyard bottling, from Raul’s home town of Valtuille, shows a sleeker side.
As with all things Raúl Pérez, quantities are small. But if you don’t know the work of this high performance artisan, it is high time you did!
Wine Advocate: 97 Points
This 2018 La Vizcaína La Vitoriana includes vines that were replanted in 2014/2015 with Bastardo (Merenzao or Trousseau), so the wine is more aromatic, more ethereal, perfumed and elegant, really impressive. This is the most aromatic and impressive; there is a conjunction of everything, the north-facing vineyards. It has impressive depth and expressiveness; it’s wild but refined, explosive and more Burgundian than any of the la Vizcaína wines. This has character and attitude, light, power, energy, freshness and symmetry; it has a fine thread, lace-like, really impressive. In my head, Tom Jones started singing his famous song “Sex bomb, sex bomb…” This is an incredible wine at an incredible price point. 5,800 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020, only five weeks before I tasted it, and the wine felt relaxed and expressive. Things can only get better with a little more time in bottle. This could very well be the finest vineyard from the project. It’s a small paraje, and there are only six owners (Castro Ventosa, Vinos Valtuille and two or three small grape growers); there is a part that is abandoned, and part of it is also south facing. The whole cru could be between three and four hectares.”
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