Bodegas Hermanos Pecina

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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Rioja Alta
People: Pedro Peciña Crespo and Sons, Owners | Pedro Peciña Gil, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2014 Blanco Cosecha, Rioja DOCa Login WA 88 AG 90 In Stock
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2016 Cosecha Rosado, Rioja Login AG 90 In Stock
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2013 Crianza, Rioja DOCa Login In Stock
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2011 Reserva, Rioja DOCa Login JG 93 <1 Case
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2015 Tinto Cosecha, Rioja DOCa Login WA 88 AG 90 In Stock

Rioja’s traditional school of winemaking reigned from the 1850s until the 1980s, producing some of the world’s most consistently complex, soul-satisfying wines. But few of the historic bodegas have remained purely traditional. And today, apart from López de Heredia and La Rioja Alta, who is left to carry the torch of the past’s silky, Burgundian reds? But there is one very important example that didn’t even exist 25 years ago: Bodegas Hermanos Peciña.

Bodegas Hermanos Peciña was founded in 1992 by La Rioja Alta’s long-time vineyard manager, Pedro Peciña. Pedro comes from a long line of grape growers, and grapes are in his blood. His family held 20 ha of great old vineyards around San Vincente, which would form the basis of this new estate. In 2002, after 18 years at La Rioja Alta, Pedro left to devote himself entirely to his bodega. By now, he knew where all the best vineyards were, acquiring additional prime parcels exclusively on the left bank of the river, with its high elevations and chalky soil.

From the beginning, Pedro's winemaking has been utterly classic, and he uses his American oak barrels subtly. With an average age of 5-6 years, the wood is largely neutral, providing textural richness, but only background flavor notes. In fact, the style of Pedro’s best wines reminds us of no less than the great Cune Viña Reals and Riojanas Monte Reals of the past in their warmth, generosity and velvety textures.

Pedro ages far longer than is required by law, from a minimum of two years in barrel for Crianza to four or more years for Gran Reserva. And his cellar speaks volumes, with line after line of barrels, stacked four and five high. It’s a scene that was commonplace in Rioja forty years ago—but one that has now all but vanished. Pedro’s wines age with incredible grace, in part due to meticulous twice-a-year rackings—moving the wine from one barrel to another to let the wine breathe. Most large bodegas rack by pumping the wine from barrel into big stainless steel tanks and then back into barrel, limiting the wine’s development. Pedro racks as earlier generations did. Each barrel is gently drained by hand into a clean barrel beneath it. This vestige of the past is made possible not only by Pedro’s proud traditionalism, but also by his artisan scale of production. This practice, combined with avoidance of new wood, results in Rioja of breathtaking silkiness and irresistible richness. His work—and his wines—beg to be compared with the great traditionalists of Piedmont.

Pedro is preserving the diversity of the old vineyards, keeping varieties that others are ripping out. He uses no chemical fertilizers, nor does he induce fermentation. And he respects the traditional idea of blending to produce more complex, complete wines. Drawing on nearly a dozen different sites, he can create a diverse range of wines with remarkable consistency from vintage to vintage, which is one of the hallmarks of Rioja’s glorious past. Many of the great bodegas of the past have abandoned the classic approaches that made Rioja so singular. Pedro Peciña has joined the few surviving traditionalists in giving hope that this highly important school of winemaking will endure.

Media Links
Cellar Tours Blog: Interview with winemaker Pedro Peciña Gil of Bodegas Hermanos Peciña in Rioja

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Reviews

  • Hermanos Pecina 2014 Blanco Cosecha, Rioja DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (6/3/2016)

    The white 2014 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha is a young and unoaked Viura from their own vineyards in the Sonsierra zone. It felt quite ripe with aromas of quince and yellow fruit and some honeyed hints. The palate is tasty and accessible. Easy to drink. This feels ready.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2015 Tinto Cosecha, Rioja DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (6/3/2016)

    The young and unoaked red 2015 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha felt very ripe and a little heady. It was cropped from the earliest harvest ever in Rioja and is a blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano. The grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and it was bottled after three months in tank. Luscious and exuberant, with polished acidity, it's a hedonistic young red Rioja.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2014 Blanco Cosecha, Rioja DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/1/2015)

    Bright straw. Fresh pear, melon and a hint of smoky minerals on the perfumed nose. Round, fleshy and broad in the mouth, with ripe pear and honeydew flavors enlivened by a jolt of bitter lemon zest. Delivers a nice combination of richness and vivacity and finishes with good clarity and fruity persistence. No oak was used here.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2009 Gran Reserva, Rioja
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (5/1/2017)

    Red currant, dried cherry, cigar box and vanillin oak on the nose, along with a smoky mineral nuance in the background. Sappy red fruit, mocha and rose pastille flavors are complemented by sweet vanilla and cola nuances. Shows excellent depth of flavor but comes off graceful, presenting a seamless texture and gentle spiciness. The oak note fades away slowly on the impressively long finish, which features very soft tannins and lingering spice and floral notes.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2015 Tinto Cosecha, Rioja DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (5/1/2017)

    Mineral-tinged red and blue fruit and floral pastille scents, along with hints of white pepper and licorice. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and blueberry flavors smoothly blend power and finesse and pick up an allspice nuance as the wine opens up. Closes long and appealingly sweet, delivering gentle, even tannins and an echo of fresh blue fruit.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2016 Cosecha Rosado, Rioja
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (6/27/2017)

    Displays ripe tangerine and cherry scents, with subtle floral and herb nuances emerging as the wine opens up. Weighty and round in the mouth, offering juicy red fruit and bitter orange pith flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Plays richness off of finesse smoothly and finishes long, silky and precise, with a hint of candied flowers coming up steadily.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2011 Reserva, Rioja DOCa
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 93 (2/1/2017)

    The 2011 Rioja Reserva from Señorío de P. Peciña has blossomed beautifully with that extra time aging, and is offering up beautiful and refined complexity on both the nose and palate. The bouquet jumps from the glass in a mix of cherries, red plums, cloves, gentle notes of cigar ash, salty soil tones, a touch of wild fennel and a topnote of toasted coconut. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows excellent mid-palate depth, with impeccable focus and balance, modest, buried tannins, bright acids and great soil signature on the very long, very refined and complex finish. This is a beautiful young Reserva that is starting to really drink well, but like the 2012 Crianza, it is still in climbing mode and its true apogee remains several years in the future. Great, great Rioja in the making!