2016 Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza [WA92]

2015 Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza

2016 Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Senorio de P. Pecina Rioja Crianza [WA92]

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Producer: Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 
Rioja, Spain 
95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha 
Year: 2016  

Wine Advocate, 92 Points 

"They are convinced at the winery that the 2015 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza is the best Crianza they have ever produced, which is often the case with the current vintage for sale... But I must admit that the wine was very impressively balanced, nuanced and complex. It has freshness and is approachable enough while showing Rioja character and integrated oak to appeal to a wide audience. It's ripe without excess, coming through as juicy and tasty. It spent two years in used American oak barrels." 

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This is a truly artisan-scale Rioja crafted in the Old World tradition, exuding both masculinity and finesse.  Pedro Peciña, former winemaker at the legendary La Rioja Alta, has acquired a handful of small parcels planted in thin, chalky soils throughout the slightly cooler, high-elevation northern reaches of Rioja.  I continue to be blown away at the unusual degree of purity, aromatic intensity and depth that this producer coaxes out of their Crianza for such a modest price.

This is simply not the typical lean, youthful fruit that we often see in the Crianza designation:  Wines whose more primary flavors are the result of a short barrel and bottle maturation period (typically 2 years).  This wine sees a 3-year élevage in neutral American oak barrels and is racked twice annually for subtle introduction of oxygen, then bottled unfiltered after a natural gentle egg white fining.

I found it to be very developed and approachable upon release, but offering the immense structure and dark, brooding fruit character normally found in a Reserva bottling. The tannins are ripe and supple on the palate following a burst of blackberry, cherry-vanilla, cassis, old leather, spice box and tobacco.  A robust yet pretty wine with plenty of stuffing for aging, and showcasing the classic savory herb and spice character of the region. Jordan Wardlaw, Import Wine Specialist 

Alcohol: 14.2%

*Price and availability in store may vary. Vintage date may differ from pictured. 

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