Bodegas Hermanos Pecina Señorio de P. Peciña Rioja Crianza 2016
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The family-owned Hermanos Peciña was only created in 1992, but they produce mostly traditional wines, even if some of their cuvées show a more modern profile. They are releasing a new Gran Reserva white that fulfills the requirements to be called Gran Reserva, but it's a lot younger and more fruit driven than other examples in the region (such as the Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco that is released 20 years after the harvest, which is extreme, of course!). They are grape growers who own 50 hectares of vineyards in their village, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, and in the neighboring Ribas de Tereso, Labastida and Salinillas. Their cellars have some 4,500 American oak barrels, and they produce around 250,000 bottles per year."
They are convinced at the winery that the 2015 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza is the best Crianza they have ever produced, which is often the case with the current vintage for sale... But I must admit that the wine was very impressively balanced, nuanced and complex. It has freshness and is approachable enough while showing Rioja character and integrated oak to appeal to a wide audience. It's ripe without excess, coming through as juicy and tasty. It spent two years in used American oak barrels. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2019.
Bright ruby. Lively, smoke- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by floral, vanilla and pipe tobacco flourishes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering vibrant red and blue fruit flavors that deepen and turn spicier with air. Shows very good energy and appealing florality on a very long, penetrating finish shaped by well-judged tannins.