PÉREZ PASCUAS GRAN SELECCIÓN
GRAN RESERVA (RED)
D.O. RIBERA DEL DUERO - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Castillo y Leon, Ribera del Duero.
Grapes: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). Single vineyard called Valtareña with 87-year-old vines.
Soil: Sand, Clay and Limestone.
Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and pressed. Long maceration about 28 days on skins. Alcohol fermentation is done in stainless steel. Racked and malo is in barriques.
Aging: 26 months in 225L French and American Oak 50% new. After that there remains a minimum of at least 4 years bottle aging before release.
Nose: Complex aroma, blending primary notes of red currants, and licorice, with numerous spicy, and mineral hints.
Taste: Lively, with marked nerve, and very fine tannins. Beautiful structure, powerful, and very well balanced. Noticeable persistence.
Color: Intense red, with dark cherry hues, and a pomegranate rim, evident of a very slow, positive development. Beautiful, very intense.
Gastronomy: Pairs very well with lamb, game meats, and steaks over an open flame or charcoal.
This wine is the result of choice grapes from vines averaging 87 years old. Mauro Pérez, a wise man with a deep love of his land, was born surrounded by the vines of Pedrosa de Duero. He tilled the vineyards and planted the vines that are the source of this unique wine. The old, crooked vines in the Valtarreña Estate are filled with many virtues acquired throughout their long life, producing grapes of exceptional quality. The family's wine offers supreme quality at its highest exponent.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View from the Cellar, March ’23, gave 94 points to 2015 Pérez Pascuas Gran Selección, Gran Reserva (red). “The Pérez Pascuas “Gran Selección” bottling is from the single vineyard of Valtarreña, with these tempranillo vines now eighty-seven years of age! The wine undergoes a long maceration time of twenty-eight days, undergoes malo in cask and is aged for just over two years in a combination of American and French oak barrels. It then sees another five years of bottle aging in the cellars. The 2015 Pérez Pascuas “Gran Selección” is the new release of this wine, coming in at 14.5 percent octane and offering up a beautifully black fruity nose of black plums, dark berries, cigar ash, complex soil tones, brown spices, woodsmoke, a touch of clove and a discreet framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a fine core, very good soil signature, moderate tannins and impeccable balance on the long, focused and very classy finish. This is an outstanding wine.”
-Wine Advocate, Jan ’23, gave 95 points to 2016 Pérez Pascuas Gran Selección, Gran Reserva (red). “The brownish and orange color of the rim gives away the extra age and longer élevage of the fresh and harmonious 2016 Pérez Pascuas Gran Reserva, a special selection that's not produced every year. 2016 was a classical vintage, one of the finest in recent years and quite apt for producing wines with a longer élevage (26 months in barrel) and good aging potential. It has complexity, elegance and a very harmonious palate with velvety tannins, pungent flavors and great persistence— textbook Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero as I understand it.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, July ’22, gave 93 points to 2015 Pérez Pascuas Gran Selección, Gran Reserva (red). - “This is the Pérez Pascuas family’s top selection from its vineyard, from bush vines that have been growing in clay-limestone soils for 80 years or more. Aged for 26 months in American and French oak barrels, then the subsequent years in bottle, it takes hours and days to fully emerge. When first opened, it’s a dense black wine, what Whitney Asher of Brava in Lenox, Mass., described as “ripe with alcohol, but it hangs together, for a steak and six dudes.” As the power of the gravelly tannins begins to relent, the purity of the fruit comes forward, turning the bitterness of those tannins toward savory complexity and perfume. Built for the cellar.”