Raul Perez La Vizcaína 'Las Gundiñas', Bierzo, Spain 2013

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Raul Perez La Vizcaína 'Las Gundiñas', Bierzo, Spain 2013


Not since the late Didier Dagueneau was producing such refined wines in the Loire Valley has there been such a contrast between the outward appearance of a man and the wine he produces. This gloriously smooth Bierzo red is the apogee of silky refinement, a wine that tastes as if every grape was picked with velvet gloves. Now meet Raul Perez, five times runner-up in the Bierzo Captain Caveman Lookalike Competition... to a shrub. But don't let looks deceive you, Perez is one of the most talented and respected winemakers in Spain, responsible for some of the most important wines coming out of the north west, not to mention some of the wackiest, including an Albarino that was buried at sea to enhance its marine aspects!

There's nothing wacky or crazy about this wine. In some ways, it's incredibly conventional, with its texture of finely woven cashmere and its debonair smoothness, but that belies the work that goes into turning gnarly old vines (some planted in the 1890s) into something so incredibly fine and polished. On the nose there are hints of blackcurrant leaf, cold embers, cedar and glossy red cherries, not wildly dissimilar to a serious young Pauillac, but the palate brings out more of the minerality associate with Bierzo and a dash of orange juice-like acidity that plants its flag in Spain. It's a highly sophisticated wine from a deceptively brilliant winemaker. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2025

News Flash!    Raul Perez has just been named 'Best Winemaker in the World' by Bettane & Desseauve

The Wine Advocate: "The 2013 La Vizcaína Las Gundiñas (produced in 2011 as La Galbana and released with the new name in 2012) seems to have behaved brilliantly in this cold vintage. It usually produces fruit-driven wines, but here they seem more profound and complex, mixing aromatic herbs, wild berries and earthy characteristics. I find this very Burgundian. The palate is seamless, with a silky texture, very fine tannins and great acidity. It feels really balanced. Some 4,500 bottles produced." 94 points

Customer comments:

"Absolutely delicious. Great find!" - Mr S.K., August 2016


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