Wine Advocate 93 points! Decanter 93 points!
Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques Bierzo is a beautiful red wine gem from the Bierzo region, perched in the northwest corner of Spain. Raúl Pérez makes wine in several different regions of Spain's northwest, but he makes his home (and some of his finest wines) in Bierzo. The wines in the Ultreia series follow the Burgundy model: a pair of entry-level "village" wines from multiple sites and then a collection of single-vineyard expressions. The majority of these vineyards are located in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where the Pérez family has lived and worked for generations.
"This is one of the best values from Bierzo and Spain, and a great introduction to Bierzo. It's a more serious wine than what the wine was when it was first produced, fresh and elegant. It's very reliable and a great value."-Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, 93 points!
"A field blend of Mencia, Alicante Bouschet, Pan y Carne and some white varieties, fermented with natural yeast in old oak tanks using 100% stems and no temperature control. It undergoes malo in tank and then spends one year in old barrels. There's no remontage or pigeage, and he works without sulphites. This has bright, fresh blueberry and cranberry fruit with a rasp of tannin and a savoury, saline sign-off. Drinking window 2020-2024."-Decanter, 93 points!
Enjoy Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques with steak, roast pork, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and aged cheeses.