Telmo Rodriguez Falcoeira A Capilla 2015

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“The 2015 Falcoeira A Capilla had a strong balsamic streak. This is the first vintage fermented in open oak vat and matured in foudre, and it might have changed its personality a bit. This is from a south-facing vineyard, the earliest to be harvested of the three reds. The vineyard is planted with young vines on very poor granite soils, and the plants suffer in the summer, perhaps more in line with the reds from Ribeira Sacra across the river than the other reds, with an austere sensation and a Mediterranean twist, perhaps marked by the character of the vintage with notes of rockrose, soy sauce and iodine. The vineyard is slowly finding its balance, and I found more character here—and even more elegance and finesse—than in 2014. 2,625 bottles were filled in May 2016. Drink: 2019-2023. 93+ points

Telmo Rodríguez’s wines from Valdeorras keep improving, especially the ones coming from new plantings, as the vineyards settle and the plants get better balanced. The 2015 reds are ripe and powerful, a touch more Mediterranean than 2014. This time the As Caborcas outshone the O Diviso.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (241)

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