Bodegas Raul Perez Ultreia de Valtuille Mencia 2008

Red Blends from Spain

Item No. 106220
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP96
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • ST93

Winemaker's Notes

100% Mencia from Bierzo
"2008 was a superb vintage, cooler than it has been in a while. It gave the wine beautiful brightness and is probably the best wine I've made since 1994. This wine is drinking beautifully right now, but without a doubt it is probably the best wine I've made for cellaring as well."

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Ultreia De Valtuille received the same elevage as its less expensive sibling. To say that has more of everything is a gross understatement. The complex aromatics leap from the glass; on the palate the wine is dense, rich, and velvety, and it gives true meaning to the expression "iron fist in a velvet glove". It is an extraordinary effort that should drink well for 10-15 years, probably longer. "
96 Points

Learn About Bodegas Raul Perez

Raul Perez was born into a winemaking family, Bodegas Castro Ventosa, the largest owner of Mencia plantings in Bierzo. Raul grew up developing his ideals and worked at the family winery until 2003. His reluctance to compromise has made him both controversial and popular. Bodegas Raul Perez produces extra limited, handcrafted, artisinal wines from varieties such as Albarino, Mencia, Bastardo and Godello from northwestern Spain.

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