ROBERT PARKER RATINGS 2018

PARKER 2018

On Friday, we published our latest Issue—the largest of this year thus far, with over 5,100 wine reviews and 21 articles spanning 18 major wine regions from nine countries around the world. (Our reviewers have really outdone themselves.)

 Luis Gutiérrez may have set another new record with the number of wines reviewed (over 350!) in his latest coverage of Spain’s Ribera del Duero, but more importantly, he also found a few new projects and revamped names “that seem to be following the path toward terroir wines.”

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PACUAS                  2012 PÉREZ PASCUAS GRAN SELECCIÓN           96

“Even finer and more nuanced than their Viña Pedrosa, the 2012 Pérez Pascuas Gran Selección Gran Reserva is a monumental, classical Ribera del Duero, still young and lively, a little closed on the nose but showing magnificent harmony on the palate, with super refined tannins. It’s gobsmacking. It’s pure Tinto Fino from an 83-year-old vineyard that yielded 18 hectoliters per hectare, yet the wine is not too concentrated or tannic and was polished by 26 months in French oak barrels. 6,270 bottles were filled in March 2015. You can drink it now or forget it in your cellar for a decade.

  HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS       2005 EL PEDROSAL RESERVA                                     95+

 “One of the big surprises of my round in Ribera del Duero was the 2005 El Pedrosal Reserva, a new Tempranillo bottling from the Pérez Pascuas family. From 69-year-old vines, the lot was supposed to be part of the Gran Reserva that was kept and bottled much later. It expresses the varietal, place and year, with a developed nose full of notes of tea leaves, fine leather, earth and brick dust. The label somewhat makes me think of those from López de Heredia in Rioja and, to a point, the wine too. It’s polished and sleek, elegant in that rustic style Ribera del Duero is capable of. It has moderate alcohol and very good acidity. This is a classical red that could probably age for 25 years. It’s a different style from the rest of the Pérez Pascuas portfolio, a wine crafted specially for their US importer, and in principle, it’s only going to be sold in the US. With this 2005, they start with a big bang. A great vin de garde. One to chase! 10,830 bottles were filled in January 2008. It will be released in September 2018. Following vintages will be 2006 and 2009.”

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS                     2012 VIÑA PEDROSA GRAN RESERVA           94

 “The Pérez Pascuas family talks about a cooler year in 2012, which is surprising. It was an extremely dry year with the tendency to produce very concentrated wines, but not here, where the 2012 Viña Pedrosa Gran Reserva is a great example of how great viticulture can achieve balanced grapes and therefore wines, which is the way and their way. Surprisingly enough, they used some 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in this bottling, which aged in barrique for 24 months and achieved a “moderate” 14% alcohol. It has great intensity and length. 6,950 bottles were filled in January 2015.”

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS                                 2014 VIÑA PEDROSA RESERVA          94

  My 16-month tasting cycle means I sometimes get to taste two consecutive vintages of the same bottling, which is a great opportunity for comparison. Such was the case with the 2015 and 2014 Viña Pedrosa Reserva. 2014 was an almost perfect, classical year, with good ripeness, and the wine has had the advantage of one more year in bottle and shows more aromatic complexity and nuance. The 2014 is more expressive and open, and the balance shows one touch fresher than the 2015. It has an intoxicating combination of spice, earth, fruit, herbs and ink and a seamless palate with refined tannins and great balance. Again, a textbook Reserva. 69,960 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2017.”

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS       2015 VIÑA PEDROSA LA NAVILLA RESERVA            94 

“There is a touch more freshness in the single-vineyard 2015 Viña Pedrosa la Navilla Reserva compared with the regular Reserva from this same vintage. All wines ferment with indigenous yeasts, and this one matured for some 20 months in oak. This is clean, open and perfumed, refined and expressive, with great balance and freshness, not showing any excess or the warmth of the year. It should be long lived. 29,989 bottles

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS                        2015  VIÑA PEDROSA RESERVA                   93

“Even if 2015 was a warmer and riper year in general, the Pérez Pascuas family got very low yields, and their 2015 Viña Pedrosa Reserva doesn’t show any heat. Perhaps the toasted and smoky tones from the barrels are a little more marked, but the palate shows the balance and restraint that made them famous. The tannins are fine-grained and there is great balance, with that elegant rusticity common throughout their portfolio. 69,980 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2018.”

 HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS                   2016  VIÑA PEDROSA CRIANZA                     92+

 Accounting for half of the total production of the winery with some 200,000 bottles, the 2016 Viña Pedrosa Crianza shows the perfect vintage, like when they harvested perfect grapes in the harvest dates of yesteryear. This has a classical profile, with spice and smoke from the barrel nicely integrated with the fruit, with no excess. A Crianza like the ones that made the appellation famous. Elegant, balanced and powerful but harmonious. It was bottled in May 2018. Again, among the best vintages for this bottling.”

 

HERMANOS PÉREZ PASCUAS               2016 El PEDROSAL (CEPA GAVILÁN)                 91+

 The textbook 2016 El Pedrosal was cropped from a cooler year that perfectly fit the house style and their preference for harvesting early to keep good acidity in their wines, which makes them fresh and long-lived. However, in 2016 the harvest started later, as the grapes ripened slowly and perfectly. This wine has the balance between ripeness and freshness, power and elegance, with a spicy touch from the oak that is not intrusive. Great freshness, one of the best vintages for this entry-level red from the Pérez Pascuas family. 180,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2018.”