Wine made with Godello grapes from clay soils displayed all over Valtuille de Abajo, in the region of Bierzo. Produced by César Márquez and Raúl Pérez, this is a white wine vinified with the stalk and later aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of different capacities.
It is bottled without clarification.
- Designation of Origin: Bierzo
### **Tasting notes**
The nose shows aromas of ripe peach, stone fruit and bits of honeycomb and slight reminiscences of white flower. In the mouth it is very expressive and broad, spirited, with a long finish to ripe fruits, among which, the conference pear stands out.
Grouped under the La Vizcaína wine collection, we find these wines from vineyards located near Raúl Pérez´ hometown, Valtuille de Abajo. The uniqueness of La Vizcaína lies in the fact that the wines are produced with grapes from vines with an average age of over fifty years.
Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. Since he produced his first vintage for his family’s winery in 1994 at the age 22, he has been in the forefront of the conversation about what has been called “The New Spain”. In 2005, he left his family business to strike out on his own, creating Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez, which quickly became the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation. In the intervening years, he has expanded his sphere of activity to include the appellations of Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra and Tierra de León, but his heart and his home remain in Valtuille de Abajo, the village in Bierzo where his family has been tending vines for well over 300 years.
In addition to numerous other accolades, Raúl was named “Winemaker of the Year” by German publication _Der Feinschmecker _in 2014 and “Best Winemaker in the World” for 2015 by the French publication _Bettane+Desseauve_. In the February 2018 _Decanter_, Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros wrote, “Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” A picture of Raúl in that same article is captioned, “Is this the best winemaker in the world?” Raúl would certainly not self-apply any of these superlatives. In fact, his genius is far exceeded by his humility and generosity of spirit. That humility comes through in his wines. These are not “winemaker” wines so much as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail.