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 with the 2016 vintage the wines have hit a high point.
Of the 3 single vineyard wines that Telmo produces in Valdeorras, the Falcoeira is always the richest of the three. It's a 2.75 hectare vineyard that is predominately south facing so there wines are always a bit fuller and more fruit driven.
"Falcoeira was the first of their Valdeorras vineyards to be harvested in 2016, starting on September 16th. The 2.75 hectares of this young south-facing vineyard produced 2,635 bottles of the 2016 Falcoeira A Capilla, always a richer wine compared with its siblings. It's a historical vineyard that was abandoned, but its almost 100 ancient terraces were replanted with a field blend of Mencia, Merenzao, Souson, Godello, Garnacha...and other grapes that would have been there in the past. Winemaking is simple, the grapes fermented in small wooden and stainless steel tanks, and the wine aged in French oak foudres. 2016 seems like a great vintage for the reds here, and Falcoeira kept the freshness and poise within its riper character. The palate is delineated and with a marked stony feeling to it. With time in the glass, the wine became finer and more elegant, and that extra touch of ripeness seemed to disappear. A great year for this wine." 94 pts Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate
"A tangy and intense red with crushed raspberries and white pepper and some slate undertones. Full body. Compact and very long. Fantastic brightness and intensity. Drink now." 96 points James Suckling