Wine Advocate points out that this impressive wine transcends its price category, which makes it an easy pick for us. Juicy, well-structured red fruit shows tremendous vibrancy beneath aromas of flowers, spice and underbrush. Very good grapes from very good vineyards are a sure recipe for very good wine and the quality of ingredients really shines in what has to be the finest vintage to date from Raul Perez.
The truly impressive 2018 Ultreia Saint Jacques transcends its price category. They destemmed more grapes because they fermented it in the oak vats they bought from Vega Sicilia to use in the new winery, where it macerated for two months and then matured in used barrels for nine to 10 months. The secret is to use very good grapes from very good vineyards. The wine is clean, precise and fresh, and the oak is super-subtle, almost unnoticeable. The palate reflects a fluid wine of pleasure, a red of thirst. This is the wine where they have invested more, and 2018 has to be the finest vintage to date. It was bottled in October/November 2019.