2010 Hermanos Pecina Rioja Joven
Founded in 1992 by Pedro Pecina Crespo, this is one of my favorite new additions to Table Wine’s Spanish arsenal of wines. Prior to founding his own winery, Pedro managed the vineyards of La Rioja Alta, one of the region’s most famous, for nearly 20 years.
All of Pedro’s vineyards are farmed organically and all of the fruit is hand harvested to assure that only the “good stuff” makes it into the bottle. The 2010 is a blend of 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano and 2% Garnacha fermented aged in stainless steel and bottled without filtration. It is a terrific rendition of truly traditional Rioja.
Typically, stainless steel versions of Rioja leave me wanting more – the wines can be a bit simplistic and one dimensional. That is not the case here! Dark in color and boasting a nose of ripe black cherry and wild strawberry fruit along with notions of clove, allspice and violet, give this one a 15 minute decant and it really opens up nicely. On the palate, it is rich and medium to full bodied with flavors of ripe blue and black berries, hints of vanilla and nicely integrated spices. I can’t recommend it highly enough!