Bodegas Hermanos Pecina 2016 Rioja Crianza DOCa
Item Number: 18282
Region: La Rioja
Sub Region: Rioja Alta
Appellation/AVA: Rioja DOCa
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 95% Tempranillo / 5% Garnacha / 5%Graciano.
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Mix of calcareous clay
Winemaking Notes: Grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. The wine is fermented in stainless steel upright tanks with indigenous yeasts. It is racked four times over the two-year period and ages in used American oak barrels. It's then aged another 18 months in bottle before being put on the market. A round mouthfeel makes it the perfect Rioja to drink now, although it will keep for up to ten years, with marked improvement.
Racking Notes: 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 in Rioja 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 artisanal scale of production. This practice, combined with avoidance of new wood, results in Rioja of breathtaking silkiness and irresistible richness.
Tasting Notes: Bodegas Hermanos Peciña Crianza stands out for its pleasant fruit combined with light oxidation of the barrel, which contributes with agreeable notes of vanilla and tobacco, while underscoring very satisfying tannins that contribute structure. Its long finish invites one to continue enjoying it. The cherry-red color and slightly orange rim point to its stay in barrels, although not enough to denote oxidation, making it a very well-balanced wine.
About Hermanos Pecina: The former vineyard manager for La Rioja Alta, Pedro Peciña started this estate in 1992, and started producing aged wines with the 1996 vintage. From the start, the estate has worked their vineyards as naturally as possible, and has championed traditional winemaking with extended aging in used American oak barrels and regular rackings every 6 months. Pedro is preserving the diversity of the old vineyards, keeping varieties that others are ripping out.