Telmo Rodriguez has become one of Spain's most exciting wine maker's over the past decade. His family owned Remelluri (of which he now makes again) but he stretched his wings early by making wine in different locations. He has become a strong proponent of single vineyard wines and has really worked at identifing vineyards that are worth featuring in a bottle. His project Ladeiras do Xil (meaning the hillsides of the Sil River) bega in in 2002 and at this point the wines have hit a high point.
As Caborcas is a 2.5 hectare vineyard that faces north and west with a mix of old vines on the steep hillsides. This is vibrant and expressive and practically leaps out of the glass. Elegance and intensity are in perfect balance with this. Bright, tangy red fruits, spice, crushed rock and a long, delicious finish.
"A rich, opulent red with plum and black-cherry aromas and flavors, as
well as white pepper, crushed slate and cement. It's full-bodied with
fine, polished tannins and a super flavorful finish. Superb structure.
Drink after 2022." 97 points James Suckling
"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." 96 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate