Is Raul Perez the best winemaker in the world? This was the question posed by Decanter in this article from March of 2019. All I can say is that I’ve never had a wine made by Raul that I didn’t love.
The 2018 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques lets you make the call. One of the greatest red wine values in the world, this Mencia-based red wine gives you a great introduction to Raul’s wines at a great price.
2018 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques | On Sale Through May 8, 2021.
On Sale: $21.99/bottle ($23.99 regular price)
Get a solid 6-pack, and pay just $18.99 per bottle. That’s over 20% off!
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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If you’ve not been charmed by Spain’s native Mencia grape yet, this is a great place to start. Kind of like Pinot Noir, a bit like Cabernet Franc, even reminiscent of Morgon, the grape is a pure charmer, and Raul Perez is a master of the varietal. I learned this firsthand at a Curate wine dinner a few years back where Raul was in the house. I will never forget this evening of fine food and wine.
Perez’s Ultreia Saint Jacques is his “entry-level” wine, but trust me, there’s nothing entry level about it. A blend of mainly Mencia with Bastardo (Trousseau) and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) providing support, fermentation and aging occurs in older Vega Sicilia barrels. The resulting wine showcases ethereal notes of floral and spice infused red fruits, damp earth, and mineral.
What I love about this wine is it’s “not too light, not too heavy” personality. As Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate said, “the palate reflects a fluid wine of pleasure, a red of thirst.” He went on to call the 2018 “the finest vintage to date” of this cuvee.
What else is there to say? Buy some, and if you like cleanly made, delicious tasting reds made by highly talented individuals, this is an absolute no-brainer.
To order some, use the contact form below or call us at 828.505.8588.
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