Hermanos Pecina 2010

Hermanos Pecina 2010
Today’s offer brings the spectacular Riojan landscape to your door. For in the foothills of the dramatic Sierra Cantabrian mountains lies Bodegas Hermanos Peciña: proud owners of the excellent, single-vineyard Finca Iscorta. A true “Gran” Reserva in every sense, the 2010’s silky, dark bittersweet fruit is framed by tender, supporting tannins and seam of acidity, which speaks to the high altitude and calcareous soils that sustain the Rioja Alta subzone. Given an hour’s decant, it arrives in the glass with no hard edges, just layers of hearty, velvety fruit and waves of persistence.

Extended ageing is a firm feature of the Peciña style, and maturation is carried out in used, American oak barrels for far longer than regulations require. In the case of the Finca Iscorta Gran Reserva this means four years in wood (the regulations stipulate a minimum of two years for a Gran Reserva) with regular rackings from barrel to barrel carried out entirely by hand, before a further three years in bottle prior to release. It’s not purely about ageing though. At Hermanos Peciña meticulous effort goes in to producing a quality base wine, removing the need to rely purely on wood to iron out the wrinkles. Pedro Peciña and his team have lent new credence to the term “modern traditionalist” – the best of precise, contemporary viticulture and vinifications married to a staunchly traditionalist ageing regime. It is this combination, they claim, which creates wines that can mature in an upright fashion, satisfying as they do the desire for power, complexity and enjoyment, in equal measure, with a clear Riojan “into the woods” quality of brushwood, stones and spice. Finca Iscorta is the estate’s top single vineyard, situated at 500m altitude and the product of low-yielding bush-vine Tempranillo with an average age of 50 years. Only the very best fruit makes it into this botting.

The 2010 is just entering its drinking window and yet it is one of the most delicious, suave but classically-styled Riojas that we have tasted in recent years. At just £25.60 per bottle on your table this is an offer not to be missed.

The 2010 Finca Iscorta De Peciña Gran Reserva is their usual blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano, sourced from 50-year-old vines from their Finca Iscorta vineyard in the Sonsierra zone; therefore, it is a single-vineyard bottling. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged in well-seasoned American oak barrels for 48 months with manual and gravity rackings every six months. This feels very harmonious, combining some primary notes with more-developed tertiary aromas. The palate also reveals a rare mix of power and elegance that only the very best vintages are capable of. It has polished tannins, good volume, freshness and length. Drink or hold, there should be no rush. 18,000 bottles were filled in March 2015. – 94+ Points, Luis Gutierrez. Feb 2018.

The price listed below is under bond per case of twelve bottles. All stock is physical and available for immediate delivery. Please contact your account manager to place your order or follow the link below. Orders over £300 inc. VAT qualify for free delivery anywhere in mainland UK. For deliveries to highlands and islands please contact us for a quote.