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 2019 Rioja Blanco DOCa Login AG 91 On Order
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2018 Cosecha Rioja Tinto DOCa Login WA 90+ <1 Case
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Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2014 Rioja Crianza DOCa Login WA 90 AG 91
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2015 Rioja Crianza DOCa Login AG 92 On Order
Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2013 Rioja Reserva DOCa Login WA 92 AG 93 On Order

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

Social Media Links
Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Facebook

Reviews

  • Hermanos Pecina 2018 Cosecha Rioja Tinto DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90+ (6/28/2019)

    The bright and fruit-driven 2018 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha Tinto is more than your average unoaked red Rioja. It has some depth and complexity, a clean profile and a lively palate with bright acidity that lifts it up and makes it long and tasty. A brilliant young Rioja offered at a great price.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2014 Rioja Crianza DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/28/2019)

    I find the 2014 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza a bit advanced and with more oxidative aromas reminiscent of tea leaves and brick dust, intermixed with creamy oak and some balsamic undertones. The palate is medium-bodied, with marked acidity. 2014 seems like a lighter vintage for earlier drinking.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2019 Cosecha Rioja Tinto DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/30/2020)

    The juicy and chewy unoaked red 2019 Señorío de P. Peciña Cosecha Tinto has bright ripe fruit and an earthy touch, a medium body and soft tannins that give it a supple texture. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano fermented with indigenous yeasts and kept in tank until bottling.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2013 Rioja Reserva DOCa
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (6/28/2019)

    The 2013 Señorío de P. Peciña Reserva has freshness and elegance and a lot of characteristics of traditional Rioja. 2013 was a challenging year, but it also provided good conditions to produce fresher wines. This was produced with a soft vinification, not too extractive or long, with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and matured in used American oak barrels for three years with rackings every six months. It has the telltale aromas of spices and balsam (cigar ash, incense), wet forest floor and wild berries. The palate is sleek and polished, with resolved tannins and good acidity. It should drink nicely for a good five years and stay on a plateau of maturity for longer.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2013 Rioja Reserva DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/22/2021)

    An expansive bouquet evokes musky red and dark berries, botanical herbs, rose and baking spices. Juicy cherry-vanilla, blackberry and rose pastille flavors show fine definition and a supportive undercurrent of zesty minerality. Delivers a solid punch but comes off lithe, with fine-grained tannins folding into the juicy fruit on the focused finish, which shows strong tenacity.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2014 Rioja Crianza DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (4/22/2021)

    Spice-tinged red berry and cherry scents are complemented by hints of coconut and succulent herbs. Shows good energy and cut on the palate, offering oak-spiced bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a tangy suggestion of blood orange. Dusty tannins frame a long, nervy finish that leaves a subtle floral quality behind.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2015 Rioja Crianza DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (4/22/2021)

    Lively, smoke- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by floral, vanilla and pipe tobacco flourishes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant red and blue fruit flavors that deepen and turn spicier with air. Shows very good energy and appealing florality on a very long, penetrating finish shaped by well-judged tannins.
  • Hermanos Pecina 2019 Rioja Blanco DOCa
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (4/22/2021)

    Waxy, mineral-accented dried citrus and orchard fruit and toasted nut aromas show fine clarity and a subtle floral overtone. Chewy and sharply focused on the palate, offering nicely concentrated Meyer lemon, pear skin, fennel and honeycomb flavors underscored by a spicy ginger nuance. Vanilla and pear nectar notes build on a persistent finish sharpened by hints of bitter quinine and smoky minerals.