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97 Points, Wine Advocate
"There were three barrels of the 2018 El Cerro de Valdecañada which has the rusty nail and iron character of the Valdecañadas with notes of fresh meat and blood austere but with more elegance. It reflects the cold character of the vintage. There are 600 bottles of this vintage. There are three very different zones in Bierzo "Corullón" "Valdecañada" and "Valtuille" with different soils and altitudes and he now works in two of them." Luis Gutierrez
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.
"There were three barrels of the 2018 El Cerro de Valdecañada which has the rusty nail and iron character of the Valdecañadas with notes of fresh meat and blood austere but with more elegance. It reflects the cold character of the vintage. There are 600 bottles of this vintage. Raúl Pérez doesn't stop. Beyond the huge range of wines I tasted he has more'the R+D wines under the RaúlPérez label and he has FOUR whole new projects of which I tasted only Valdecañada (from Ponferrada). The Valdecañada project started in 2008/2009 when he bought a winery in the zone of Ponferrada (Cabildo) that came with to hectares of vineyards. The grapes were added to the Ultreia wines but he saw the potential to achieve lower alcohol and more freshness and decided to start separating them in 2015. It's a zone with schist and slate soils. The wines that age in that winery are all aged under a veil of flor yeast which allows him to work with very little to no sulfur. The style of the wines is quite different from the other wines from Pérez. There are three very different zones in Bierzo?Corullón Valdecañada and Valtuille?different soils and altitudes and he now works in two of them. He tends to favor 2020 against 2019 but it's difficult to generalize. 2020 is easier more immediate similar to 2010." Luis Gutierrez