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Adega Cachín / Peza do Rei

Peza do Rei Barrica 2008

Price: $37.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Adega Cachín / Peza do Rei
Vintage Year: 2008
Highest Rating: 91pts ( Wine Advocate)
Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
Appellation: D.O. Ribeira Sacra

TASTING NOTES

One hundred percent Mencía, aged eleven months in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. A ripe nose retains berry freshness, the oak tannins are well incorporated in a medium-full, velvety texture. Minerality lingers along with red berries in a long finish.

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PRESS

Peza do Rei Barrica (2009) - "Dark ruby.  Dark berries, cola and licorice on the nose and palate, with sexy Asian spice and floral nuances adding complexity.  Juicy and precise, with excellent finishing punch and lingering suggestions of violet and star anise.  I suspect that some purists will be put off by this wine's oak component but I find it extremely complementary to the wine's deep fruit."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2008) - "The 2008 Peza do Rei Barrica is 100% Mencia that was aged for 12 months in seasoned oak. It displays more obvious oak notes than the Mencia cuvee along with elements of clove, cinnamon, underbrush, and black cherry. It has enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years and will drink well through 2018. "

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jul 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "This is one of two red current releases from Peza do Rei, with the other being a 2008 bottling priced at $21. That’s a big price difference, but there’s still little question in my mind that the 2007 “Barrica” bottling is the one to pick, as it shows much more complexity and concentration. The fruit shows impressive density and the flavors of dark cherry are deep and persistent, and yet the wine is really only medium-bodied with moderate ripeness, which will enable it to work well with dishes involving pork or veal or duck as well as heftier fare such as beef or lamb. Generally speaking, whenever a wine’s label makes explicit reference to oak there turns out to be too much of it, but the “Barrica” designation shouldn’t scare you off in this case, as the wood is quite well integrated once the wine has had a chance to breathe for a bit."

92 Points
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online, Nov 2, 2010

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "Bright purple. A complex, aromatic bouquet evokes red and dark berries, cola, mocha and potpourri, with a subtle note of vanilla. Juicy and precise, offering energetic black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and notes of candied violet and licorice. A zesty mineral element adds lift and cut to the very long, sappy finish. I suspect that this wine will age well on its balance."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "The 2007 Peza do Rei Tinto Barrica spent 11 months in French oak. Purple-colored with aromas of cedar, mineral, earth, and assorted black fruits, in the mouth it is concentrated, voluminous, spicy, and long. It will evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2017."

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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Peza do Rei Barrica (2007) - "Vivid ruby. Spicy cherry and red- and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by tobacco, smoky minerals and licorice. Taut, juicy and fresh, offering precise bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors, with excellent mineral cut on the back. Impressively elegant and precise wine, with the balance to age."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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ADEGA CACHíN / PEZA DO REI WINERY INFO

Overview: The César Enriquez family is among the core group of founding growers of what was to become D.O. Ribeira Sacra, reconstituting their vineyard site to noble varieties from the early 1990s. Peza do Rei is a medieval walled vineyard and woodlands estate taking its name from the Kings of León, for whom it served as an income source and private hunting retreat. Within the extant albeit crumbling medieval walls are eight acres of vertiginous, single-row slate terraces forming a perfect south-facing amphitheater on the Edo River tributary of the Sil. Varieties planted are Mencía for reds, Godello, Treixadura and Albariño for whites.

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History: Ribeira Sacra and its Sil River Canyon must be counted among the world's most spectacular wine regions. Upon visiting, there is no choice but to be convinced of the region's potential to produce supremely expressive and individualistic wines. Eight acres of vertiginous, single-row slate terraces form a perfect south-facing amphitheater on the Edo River tributary of the Sil. Varieties planted are Mencía for reds, Godello, Treixadura and Albariño for whites. The modern bodega, with a capacity for 50,000 bottles, is excavated into a hillside for complete temperature insulation, and boasts thoroughly updated winemaking equipment.

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