McCarthy & Schiering, $21
Floral and dark fruit on the nose. Super complex, getting all different kinds of tasting notes with each sip. Blackberry, black cherry, wet sand, and a savory note that reminds me of herbs and olives and a touch of smokiness. The fruit is ripe but it still has a very bright acidity, maybe a touch too much for my tastes, smooth tannins and lingers on the palate for awhile - medium bodied. It may not be the best tasting wine I've ever had, but it is definitely one of the most refined and complex and was very enjoyable to drink! — 18 days ago
Before we get into the notes on this wine, let’s get something out of the way first: the labeling on the Ultreia branded wines by Raul Pérez is downright confusing. The entry-level is designated “Saint Jacques” (which is a fabulous wine and incredible QPR)…and then comes this plain label “Ultreia” before you step up to the other designations of “Valtuille”, “La Claudina”, etc which are higher-end??. It’s really tough to understand the hierarchy. The good news? It really doesn’t matter when all the wines are really quite stunning. And this bottle is absolutely representative of Señior Pérez's impeccable style.
Popped and poured; consumed over three days. Best on Day 2. On the nose, blue berries, dark cherries, brambles, exotic spices…giving way to spiced lamb after a lot of air, roses, incense, and underbrush. On the palate, red fruit which transitions to more of a darker fruit profile after Day 2, with some mushrooms, deli meat and minerals. Really sound structure. Medium-plus acid, medium plus tannin. The finish is long and satisfying; tongue smacking. Even at $35, this is a killer deal. What a wine. — 4 months ago
Our local purveyor being out of Raul Perez’s Atalier bottling we needed a substitute and fast. This is a fabulous wine. Extensive time on lees, bottle aging. Initial funk on opening, decanted an hour. Huge acid, great salinity and creaminess take this to the next level. Aromatics on point. Great work. — 2 months ago
Wet rocks and sea salt, so acidic. Sad I’m not sitting in front a plate oysters with this. So good. — 4 months ago
Deep ruby in the glass, this delivers aromas of pure, ripe strawberries, dusty cherries, crushed river rocks, and a slight, sour kombucha thing that is really appealing. On the palate the flavors are expansive with a distinct wet sidewalk note and a mix of ripe and underripe fruits together with barely-there oak - it’s delicately powerful. Mellowed tannins and crisp acidity lead to a very long finish. Stinkin’ good juice. — 8 months ago
Starts out with a bit of reductive stink. Serious blackberries and tart fruits, with long acids. This can be enjoyed now with a long decant. Lots of material and extraction and concentration, ie this is a big wine, but the fruit is a bit sidelined. Generous take is this needs another 5+ years to come together. But it is pretty high tannin and drying... and way too extracted for my taste now. Maybe the fruit will stand up with time. — 3 months ago
Raul Perez, Mencia wizard and human garden gnome, makes some of the most innovative and highly allocated wines from anywhere. I don’t often drink stuff this good. Sometimes you need to be reminded that average and good wines are made for relaxation and enjoyment and that extraordinary wines are art.
La penitencia could be the best thing I’ve ever opened at home. It’s elegant and bootlegged. The front label probably designed in an Internet cafe, the back label looks like it was cut and glued by a five year old. These things make it lovable because it’s so bad and it’s so good.
Pours a browned purple motor oil. The aromas fly. Perfumes of red and blue colored berries, clove, spice, leather. Like a brand new catchers mitt that needs some oil and some love. Feels of plush berry fruit and flavors of prunes and macerated strawberries and boxed raisins that seem to hang around for about as many years as I waited to open this thing. — 6 months ago