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Raul Perez La Vizcaina El Rapolao Bierzo Tinto 2016 (750ml)

Raul Perez La Vizcaina El Rapolao Bierzo Tinto 2016 (750ml)

95 pts Wine Advocate
The cool and elegant character of the El Rapolao plot seems to have been amplified by the weather conditions in the 2016 La Vizcaína El Rapolao. Pérez does not own all the vineyards, so sourcing can sometimes vary within the same vineyard, and since 2016 it comes from two old plots where the Mencía is mixed with other varieties; the wine seems to have gained in depth and complexity as a result. In 2016 he did a slightly shorter maceration and matured the wine in 500-liter oak barrels for a little over 12 months. The vineyard yields well, and the wine is always expressive, balanced and elegant. It seems like slightly higher yields suit it better, and the wines have good tension and an herbal twist that adds to the complexity and freshness. 5,000 bottles produced.

96 pts Decanter
‘This is the most important area of Bierzo today – it represents the future,' says Perez. And particularly so in terms of the new ‘Burgundian’ organisation of the DO, for in the 4ha of this north-facing vineyard there are 24 plots worked by eight different growers – including the Michelinis from Argentina and local producer, Cesar Marquez. ‘People thought it was the cheapest vineyard, but today it’s impossible to buy.’ Perez produces a Mencia blend from these clay soils, which have a high percentage of organic matter. It spends two months on skins, and is aged in 500-700-litre barrels. Typical production is only 900 bottles. It has a refined aroma of woodsmoke and a delicate palate with vibrant fruit, followed by a long, profound mineral finish. Drinking Window 2019 - 2025

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