Rioja Tinto Mi Villa Bodegas Perica

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Rioja Tinto Mi Villa Bodegas Perica

£9.95

  • Designation: DOCA
  • Producer: Bodegas Perica
  • Year: 2014
  • ABV: 13%
  • Grape: 80%Tempranillo20%Garnacha
  • Region: Rioja
  • Size: 75cl
Style:

Good deep cherry colour, powerful fruit aromas, quite thick meaty palate. Well structured with smooth tannins.

Food Match: Very versatile, all meats, cheeses and everyday drinking.

Nick's notes:

With the Rioja Tinto we come to maybe more interesting, to us, style of wine, where the Spanish,  especially the young, have had a say and we think Perica’s is an absolute stunner.  Lovely ripe damson and plum fruit flavours, but with a real clout, and a very slight touch of oak. You know you've got a real red wine in your hand.

Entry level Rioja had tended toward the acidic and oxidised but with the rise of the youth market and new drinkers and diners a fresher fruitier red was called for and Rioja did the business. Good wine making, a forward style with good extract from both Tempranillo and a little Garnacha, maybe a tiny 20% of oak for a cheating sniff of sweetness and the wine was there.

Why Perica’s Mi Villa Rioja Tinto is a cut above is that they have not tried to over-crop, to dilute the fruit in the pursuit of profit and then cover with semi oak ageing. This is a very lush wine for not a great deal of money. Made by a family winery who are trying their best to get with it but not doing so at the expense of flavour.

Now you don’t need a lot of historical guff to know how popular Rioja is, or really why it is. It is a comfortable friend on a list, we feel happy knowing we’ll get something reliable from it, and have done for years really. Old Hugh Johnson was saying it in 1965, reliable, nice fruit, lot of flavour, gentle oak, approachable. And this is not artificial, it’s been like this for years. In red wines at least.

 

 

From the Producer’s website:

A winery with its own character

In our land nothing describes better than a nickname.  In someone’s nickname is where you find the strength, character and sense of identity of each family member.  That’s why our warehouse could not be called other than “Perica”: the nickname that David Garcia has worn with pride for years.  It defines a way to view life based on the effort, attention to detail and respect and love of the wine heritage of this land. These are the virtues that have driven our winery during the last half century to go from being a hold of a local to an international company.

The quality of our soil and the perfect acclimatization of different grape varieties are the reasons why the Rioja Alta is regarded as an indisputable international level for all great wines lovers.  Our vineyards, all located in this part of the province, provide a unique raw material with which to create our award winning wines.

 

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