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Raúl Pérez "Ultreia" Godello '16


Raúl Pérez "Ultreia" Godello '16

Raúl Pérez is a Bierzo winemaker, steeped in its tradition (his family's winery is Castro Ventosa, established in 1752, where he still consults today). While he makes wine in several different regions of Castilla y León & of Spain’s northwest, here is where he calls home.

The wines in the Ultreia series follow the Burgundy model: a pair of entry-level “village” wines from multiple sites and then a collection of single-vineyard expressions. The majority of these vineyards are located in the village of Valtuille de Abajo, where the Pérez family has lived and worked for generations. His wines are full of passion and no vintage is ever the same. He is vineyard smart and accommodates to what he is given each year. He practices organically, as he tunes in to the earth.

As Ultreia's meaning is explained on his website: "Ultreia, a wine that takes its name from the greeting that the pilgrims on the Camino to Santiago used in the past, a journey that passes through his village, which means ‘we go further.’ Ultreia is, nowadays, a long list of wine references, not only produced in Spain, but also in Portugal together with his friend Dirk Niepport or in South Africa with another friend of his, Eben Sadie." Pérez's boundaries are clearly limitless.

We are featuring his "village" Godello in this month's wine club. The Godello grapes are sourced from young vines in various parcels around Raúl’s home village, grown on clay and alluvial stones. The wines are then fermented in foudre and aged in neutral barrels without flor. Very expressive between flinty minerality and not only classic citrus tones of Godello, but some riper stone fruit suggestions, adding to additional texture and weight.




Producer Raul Perez
Vintage 2016
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Godello


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