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  • Rafael Palacios As Sortes 2020


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  • Telmo Rodriguez Falcoeira A Capilla 2015


    “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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  • Telmo Rodriguez As Caborcas 2017


    “As Caborcas is a north-facing vineyard planted a long time ago with a field blend that was used to produce the 2017 As Caborcas red, which has moderate alcohol and a tender, soft mouthfeel. It fermented in small stainless steel and a 3,000-kilo oak vat with indigenous yeasts and then matured in 1,500- and 2,000-liter oak foudres for 15 months. The nose is spectacular, complex, deep and expressive, a little more exuberant than the 2016 but still serious and with the stony austerity. It’s rich and juicy in its Galician granite way, with fine, slightly dusty tannins. Think of this as somewhere in between 2015 and 2016. 2,665 bottles were filled in June 2019. Drink: 2020-2027. 96 points

    COVID-19 has meant a change in my tasting schedule, in some cases for good and in others for bad. I didn’t have the chance to taste the whole Telmo Rodríguez portfolio of wines like I had started doing last year, and I only tasted the wines from Gredos and Galicia to publish with the regional reports from those regions. But now that semi-normal activity resumed, the wines are hitting the market, and people have been receiving offers and asking about them. So, I asked him if he’d like to taste the rest of the wines. The wines from Gredos and Valdeorras are just a repetition of the notes I already published a few weeks ago and are included here for completeness, while the rest are tasted for the first time.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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