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Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez La Vizcaina El Rapolao 2018

Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez La Vizcaina El Rapolao 2018

Mostly Mencia Dominated Field Blend. Raúl Pérez Pereira is universally considered to be one of the world’s most visionary winemakers. He has quickly become the point of reference for the Bierzo appellation and in the intervening years, he has expanded his sphere of activity to include the appellations of Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, and Tierra de León. In addition to numerous other accolades, Raúl was named “Winemaker of the Year” by German publication Der Feinschmecker in 2014 and “Best Winemaker in the World” for 2015 by the French publication Bettane+Desseauve. In the February 2018 Decanter, Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros wrote, “Raúl Pérez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius.” Raúl Pérez is the archetype of humility though and that comes through in his wines as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail. La Vizcaína is a project from Raúl Pérez that explores the hillside crus around his hometown of Vatuille de Abajo. Four reds and one white, all from single vineyard sites, are produced under the name. El Rapolao vineyard has an elevation of 550 meters, mostly clay soil, and one parcel of the vines dates back to 1920 with the other parcel dating to 1980. The grapes are whole-cluster fermented in large oak vats, aged in large, used barrels for a year, and bottled without fining or filtration. This is a gorgeous wine that shows the wonder of Raul Perez, Mencia, and Bierzo.

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SKU: 1767359201800750
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Mencia
Appellation
Bierzo
Robert Parker
95
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"There is a bit of an animal hint on the nose of the 2018 La Vizcaína El Rapolao, which Raúl Pérez tells me is always part of the character of the wine when it's young. The difference with the 2017 is the quality of the tannins, which rounder and more elegant here, and the concentration, which is lower here, so this 2018 comes through as more fluid, fresh and elegant, with a silkier mouthfeel. They finally bought the vineyard in 2018, and the change in viticulture resulted in lower yields: they produced 6,000 bottles of this 2018, compared with the 10,000 bottles of the 2017. They have bought three more plots for this bottling, so volumes will grow in the future. The initial sensation fades after the wine has been in bottle for one hour, and it makes sense that it's gong to disappear with some more time in bottle. Pérez thinks it might be related to the recent bottling. It was bottled in May 2020, a few weeks before I tasted it." - Luis Gutierrez
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