Rioja, Crianza, 2013

  Hermanos Pecina

Contains Sulphites.

About Hermanos Pecina

Modern Traditionalists Hermanos Pecina are a relative newcomer to the Rioja Wine Scene, having being set up in 1992. Prior to this Pedro Pecina Crespo had been, for many years, the chief viticulturist at La Rioja Alta. The Bodega produced their first Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas in 1997, from the outset looking to make traditional rioja but with modern expectations of the initial base wine. In a spotlessly clean, entirely gravity fed winery, the team create wonderful polished and bright examples of traditionally barrel aged Rioja, aged far longer than the DOCa requirements. The oak is American, in keeping with traditional Rioja practices, and none of it is new. Racking is done manually in the age old method, from barrel to barrel using gravity alone, every six months. It’s an expensive and time consuming method but one that ensures gentle treatment of the wine, exceptional oak integration and the ability to monitor the development of every barrel twice a year.

With just 50 hectares of vines all fruit is estate grown and comes exclusively from vineyards in the top quality Sonsierra region, on soils that have particularly high limestone content. The aim is to harvest grapes with exceptional freshness and concentration, the limestone giving the grapes the requisite acidity for extended ageing.
When so many traditional riojas seem to be oak first and wine second, these finely tuned riojas are resolutely traditional, but based on excellent base material. The underlying sense of vinosity in the final wines is undeniable and borne out by the freshness and verve found in the older magnum releases.

The Crianza, a blend of 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, and 2% Garnacha, is fully destemmed, spontaneously fermented and aged in used American oak barrels for 2 years, before spending at least 18 months in bottle.

The Reserva, also 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, and 2% Garnacha is vinified from the finest parcels, fully destemmed and spontaneously fermented before being aged in used American oak barrels for 36 months. Bottling is done without fining or filtration and once in bottle the wines are stored for a minimum of 18 months prior to release.

Vendemia Seleccionda is the top wine in the range, with the same blend and ageing as for the Reserva, but produced from the finest blocks in the finest years, the aim being to produce something even more complex and savoury without necessarily resorting to increased barrel ageing.

Appellation: Rioja

Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.

Grape Blend: Tempranillo | Graciano | Garnacha

A quintessentially Spanish combination of grapes.