Top 10 wines in the US press26th September, 2013 by Andy Young
Raúl Pérez Bierzo Vico 2010
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov once again led a tasting panel, this time through Bierzos wines. He wrote: “We have tasted Bierzos several times over the last eight years. In the past we’ve been thrilled by the unusual qualities of these wines, and by our own sense of discovery. We’ve observed Bierzo, an ancient wine region yet new to the world of international wine commerce, as it navigated the intricacies of global business, wavering between a desire to appeal to established popular tastes and a devotion to what made the wines distinctive in the first place.”
In describing this wine he added: “Number one wine, the 2010 Vico from Raúl Pérez. Mr. Pérez is one of the superstar winemakers in northwestern Spain, and his wines always show great purity and definition. This wine was burlier than his more graceful Ribeira Sacra wines, an excellent example of mencía made in a slightly warmer climate, with fruit flavours buttressed by mineral and oak accents. Yes, it was beautifully balanced, and it will reward a few more years of ageing. At $35, this was one of Mr. Pérez’s more modestly priced wines. Other cuvées can soar past $90 or $100.
“Dense and burly, with lingering, stony flavours of red and purple fruits cushioned by well-integrated oak.”