Bodegas Perica was founded in San Asensio in 1912 by Juan García who made wine for local consumption. His son, David, with the affectionate nickname Perica, inherited the project, expanded it, and gave it his nickname. The third generation is now in charge with over 140 acres of vineyards in Rioja Alta, the most prestigious subregion of Rioja. They have recently renovated the cellar with the most modern technology and have focused on enotourism.
The bodega makes 14 different wines, from a sparkler to Gran Reservas. The workhorse Crianza most clearly represents the estate, and a lot of work goes into its very high quality. A blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha, and 5% Mazuelo, it is fermented at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to French oak vats for the malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 16 months in a combination of American and Eastern European oak barrels (the legal minimum is 12 months), plus an additional 6 months in bottle before release.
The result is a crianza that’s remarkable for its deep cherry color, depth of flavor, and high quality. Some wood shows on the nose, but it is pleasingly integrated with the red and black fruit. Despite its ripeness of fruit, there is great acidity to give the wine freshness and lift.