Raúl Pérez Gus Mencía 2014 | Spanish Pinot Noir Like Beauty
92WA | With Pinot Noir-like beauty, this Raúl Pérez Gus Mencía 2014 shows a deep ruby color. With aromatic and high-toned aromas of strawberry, blackberry, cola, anise, and sweet flowers. While the palate is sappy with dark-berry fruit flavors balancing out by a zesty, stony minerality. The finish is medium length and finishes on a sweet spice note. Drink now to 2020.
The Wine Advocate says Raúl’s wines “must be tasted to be believed. Words simply cannot do them justice. If any complaint can be lodged with Raúl’s wines, it’s that they’re made in miniscule quantities and are usually priced in the $100 range. That all changed in 2013 when Raúl launched his Gus Bierzo label.
GUS & Mencia | Think Pinot Noir mixed with Cabernet Franc
Gus is a village wine from Raúl’s birthplace, the town of Valtuille, and is 100% Mencía.
Mencia presents a beautifully scented and deeply fruity grape with flavors of strawberry and blackberry, Mencía reminds us of Pinot Noir mixed with Cabernet Franc, but with a character all its own. The Mencía sourced for Gus are at least 20 years old and are grown on sandy, clay soils. All of the vineyards are dry-farmed and cultivated organically. No longer can the cognoscenti keep Bierzo’s Mencía to themselves, not with Raúl Pérez crafting such spectacular wines as this Raúl Pérez Gus Mencía 2014.
For over a decade, sommeliers and journalists have celebrated Spain’s Bierzo wine region, but mostly among themselves. The Mencía wine from this part of España Verde (“Green Spain”) was celebrated by Wine Spectator a few years back. For the uninitiated, here’s what Spectator’s Matt Kramer had to say about Mencía: “I have yet to meet a Pinot Noir lover who hasn’t fallen in love with Spain’s Mencía grape.” Kramer called Mencía from Bierzo one of “The World’s Greatest Underrated Wines”—ever since, these Pinot Noir-like reds have been steadily on the rise. We’ve secured a generous allocation of one of the world’s greatest underrated wines from Raúl Perez, whom Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called “Spain’s most visionary vigneron.”
Winemaker Raúl Pérez
So Raúl Pérez is hands-down one of Spain’s finest winemakers; many consider he among the best growers in the world. Hence Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate captured the consensus, calling him “Spain’s most visionary vigneron.” Pérez makes almost 200 different wines every year, consistently pulling down scores in the upper 90s for his most sought-after wines. Raúl was born and raised at his family’s vineyard, where he developed his talent and passion. He left the winery in 2003 to start his own estate, Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez. While his mission from the start was evident: to showcase the forgotten indigenous grapes of a region.
WBOTD Just the Good Stuff Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar? The World Greatest Underrated Wine | Parker says Raúl Pérez wines must be tasted to be believed! Pinot Noir lovers are blown away | 92 points Why now? Super Amazing Smart Buy | Exclusive Allocation WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating Expert Ratings 92WA What is it? Bierzo Spain Interesting Red Wine What’s in it? Mencia | ABV 13% When to drink? Drink now through 2020+ Pair with: Red & White Meat, Cheese Serving Temp: 60-65°F Drink with: Everyone Occasion Day that ends in Y If you want to drink now... Open & Enjoy Recommended purchase Qty: 6+ bottles includes free shipping