Friday Sips


RIOJA FRIDAY SIPS
A range of wines from Hermanos Pecina
Today, Oct. 4 from 1:30 - 6:30
Given the sheer cost of doing such a venture, Hermanos Pecina is something that is virtually unheard of; a relatively new estate (founded 1992) in Rioja that is all about traditional techniques. These days there are only about a dozen producers who truly reach back to the old school that is based around long aging in neutral oak barrels and then following it up with the required time of bottle age before release. Pedro Pecina worked for 20 years at La Rioja Alta so it is a no brainer that these wines would be made in this fashion and would be this damn good, all of which makes us very excited to pour the entire range for you today. Drop by and experience Rioja artistry.


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2016 HERMANOS PECINA RIOJA
$11.99 BTL./$143.88 CASE

Formerly known as Joven, the classification of the wine stating simply Rioja (generally but not always often) refers to the wines being immediately drinkable and not aged very long. Wines in this category are usually aged in tank or minimally in oak casks.

The Pecina version sees absolutely no oak and is quite alluring and accessible. 95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha and imminently quaffable. Packed with clean, pure Tempranillo scents of strawberry & black cherry with hints of earth, spice and smoke. Dark and plush with plenty of juicy, mouth-watering notes throughout. A great red for fish…paella anyone?!



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2016 HERMANOS PECINA
RIOJA CRIANZA
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

The Crianza classification is often the one most wine drinkers associate with Rioja. Often these wines are accessible and offer stellar value for under $20. The regulations for Crianza state that the wine must be aged 12 months in barrel followed by 12 more months in bottle before release.

95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha, Hermanos Pecina takes the aging of the wines a bit further, aging it 24 months in used oak barrels and holding it 18 more months in bottle before release. They could ACTUALLY call this wine Reserva! 2013 is current and brings back memories to those who loved Riojas from another time. The substance and quality of the 2013 vintage is seen in this wine. Loaded with blackberry, Italian plum and black raspberry fruit on the nose. American oak tones of vanilla and spice are very well integrated into the dense core of fruit. An ultra-smooth finish keeps you coming back for another glass. This will pair nicely with all types of red meat and game. If you like good Rioja at a good price, grab yours now and enjoy it over the next decade.



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2016 HERMANOS PECINA
RIOJA RESERVA
[reg. $29.99]
SPECIAL $23.99 BTL./$287.88 CASE

Reserva is yet another jump up and is usually only declared in fine vintages, so sometimes it isn’t produced. Regulations state for Reserva for the wines to be aged at least 12 months in cask and then 2 years of bottle age before release. Once again, Pecina takes it a bit further.

95% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 2% Garnacha with 36 months aging in oak, bottled, then released after another 18 months in bottle, hence this wine is almost Gran Reserva in stature. A real steal at $24.00, the Reserva achieves a complete integration of the flavors of grape and wood, and the mellowness that only time can provide. Deep, meaty and aromatic on the nose with a beautiful perfume of secondary aromas of tobacco, cedar, leather and deep rich berries in the background. This classic and elegant Rioja is super finesseful and has great balance in the mouth. Drinks like something twice the price - very impressive! The elegance permeates the finish that is packed with warm spice, cocoa, leather and smoother berry. Drink over the next decade with a thick center cut pork chop or a rack of lamb.



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2016 HERMANOS PECINA
RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 'FINCA ISCORTA'
$45.99 BTL./$551.88 CASE

Gran Reserva is the rarest and most prestigious of Rioja. Most of the apex producers only will produce in the best vintages and the quantities are small. Gran Reserva must be aged at least 24 months in barrel and then held at least 36 months in bottle before being sent out to the world.

Pecina’s Gran Reserva is from a single vineyard called Finca Iscorta. The vine age is 50 years and the cool climate northern orientation plus calcareous soils lend themselves to forming a perfect Rioja storm. Like so many other places in Europe, 2010 was an epic vintage for Rioja. Aged 48 months in cask and then held three years in bottle before released to the market. There is never any hurry with a wine such as this. If your tastes run towards big, inky, dark, and an exercise in calisthenics, look at Ribera Del Duero or Washington Tempranillo instead of this wine, because the color is amber-ruby and the wine is more akin to a fine Barolo or Burgundy. Insane complexity and finesseful aromas of dry-rub spices melted cherry, sweet tobacco, mineral, vanilla bean and red licorice. Sensuously textured with lovely ripeness and cushion, this wine crawls, teases and pleases throughout the mouth all the way to the long, ethereal brilliant, high-toned finish. Stunning now and will easily age another 20 years as well. Serve it with a slow-roasted leg of lamb or pork loin with garlic/fennel and olive oil, it is a match made in heaven.






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