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2017 Raul Perez La Vizcaina "El Rapolao" Bierzo

SKU #1478675 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I was impressed by the 2017 La Vizcaína El Rapolao, but the warm vintage was very good for a warmer vineyard like El Rapolao. This is hands-down my favorite of the 2017s from La Vizcaína, the wine that shows more freshness. It's harmonious and perhaps was harvested a little earlier than the others. Like the other wines from the range, this 2017 has more color than the 2018, as well as more power and a little more concentration, and it's also denser than the 2018, with tannins that are grittier and a little drier. But if I didn't have the 2018 next to this, I would only be praising it, because the 2017 is truly impressive, all in place and simply one step up in power and all the rest to keep the balance. 10,000 bottles were filled in May 2019. This is a late-budding vineyard, and it didn't suffer the effect of the spring hail from the year. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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Outer quote mark ‘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. (SJE) Inner quote mark (2/2019)


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