Vineyard: The vineyards are all estate owned and located in the San Vicente zone of Rioja Alta. Depending on the vintage the grapes come from a combination of 3 vineyards. El Codo with vines on average 30 years, El Llano with vines on average 35 years and Iscorta with vines on average of 60 years.
Orientation: El Codo is a very steep vineyard beginning at 475m and rising quikcly to 525m with orientation to the North. El Llano is at 500m with orientation North/North West. Iscorta is also at 500m with an orientation to the North.
Soil: Calcareous Clay. El Codo also has very large rocks and pebbles.
Viticulture: Practicing organics and sustainability, all estate owned vineyards, They work in a very natural way. All pruning and harvest is done by hand. El Codo and El Llano are trellised and cordon system. Iscorta is bush pruned.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and crushed and fermented naturally with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: Aged in used American oak for 2 years and hand racked 4 times during that aging (every 6 months). The wine then ages for at least an additional 2 years in bottle before being released on the market. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Production: 8,300 cases
Notes: This is the flagship wine of the estate. The Crianza is an amazing example of the complexity, elegance and structure of great traditionally made Rioja.
Publication: Wine advocate
I loved the textbook 2012 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza, which has the usual house blend of Tempranillo with 3% Garnacha and 2% Graciano; it was fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in used American oak barrels for some 24 months with hand racking every six months. It has a great balance between age and youth, modernity and tradition, fruit and spice, balsam and freshness. The palate feels polished, with resolved tannins and very god balance. A great improvement over previous vintages. 100,000 bottles produced.
The traditional family winery from San Vicente de la Sonsierra has produced a Rosé in 2015, something they had not done since 2000 (but I didn't taste it!). They also produced a Gran Reserva in 2009 (which I tasted!)--a category they had only produced in 1998, 2001 and a tiny bit in 2003. Traditionally styled and sensibly priced.
(fermented in stainless steel tanks and raised in used American oak barrels for two years, followed by two more years of bottle age before release) Deep ruby. Aromas of ripe red berries, coconut, vanilla and pipe tobacco, accented by a floral element that builds in the glass. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows good energy and power on a long, gently oak-spiced finish shaped by harmonious, slow-building tannins.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 2012 Rioja Crianza from Señorío de P. Peciña is a lovely young wine that handles the ripeness of the vintage very well indeed, coming in at a fairly robust (for this great classicist estate) 13.5 percent alcohol, but offering up traditional purity and nascent complexity. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a fine blend of red and black cherries, Rioja spice tones,
incipient notes of Cuban cigar, a fine base of soil, a touch of garrigue and toasted coconut from
the older American oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a plush core, fine soil signature, tangy acids and just a bit of backend tannin on the long, youthful and classic finish. A lovely wine in the making. This is very easy to drink today, but it is still a puppy and five years down the road, it will really be starting to sing! 2022-2050. 91.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 91 (Suckling)
A solid nose of red fruit showing soft spices and light cream undertones. Full and velvety with good fruit concentration on the mid-palate. Fresh and fruity. Drink or hold. - James Suckling