One of the world's great red wine values: Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques

One of the world's great red wine values: Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques

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 I've never had a wine made by Raul that I didn't love, and the 2019 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.

Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques

2019 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques 

94 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 Red Burgundy, a bit like Chinon, 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 nose of the 2019 Ultreia Saint Jacques is nothing short of spectacular. It shows the varietal character and the juicy and round style of the Valtuille vineyards. It's harmonious, clean and expressive." Luis is an excellent taster, and his notes are nearly identical to my own.

What else is there to say? Buy some, especially if you like naturally made, delicious tasting reds made by highly talented individuals. Trust me folks, this is a total no-brainer!

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville