2016 Telmo Rodriguez Ladeiras do Xil Falcoeira 'A Capilla' Valdeorras Tinto
750ml

Falcoeira
$89.99
2016 Telmo Rodriguez Ladeiras do Xil Falcoeira 'A Capilla' Valdeorras Tinto

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2016 Telmo Rodriguez Ladeiras do Xil Falcoeira 'A Capilla' Valdeorras Tinto
750ml

$89.99

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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.

"A full-bodied red with lots of dusty tannins and loads of ripe-berry and flinty undertones. They just melt in the glass. A structured and rich young red. Fresh, too. Plums and dried fruit at the end. Some tea and bark. It turns to slate. Drink in 2022. " 97 pts James Suckling

"The 2017 Falcoeira A Capilla was produced with the grapes from the field blend of Mencía, Brancellao, Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera and other grapes that they replanted in a vineyard located in a historic place in the zone, on steep terraces with granite soils at 400 to 600 meters in altitude. This fermented in 3,000-kilo oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a 2,000-liter oak foudre. This has a warmer exposure, and 2017 was a dry and warm year. Despite all that, the wine is subtle and harmonious, quite contained, not exactly closed but with more serious nuances. It has finesse and elegance. This was harvested the last week of August, extremely early, and I think that was the right decision for this wine. It follows the path of the 2016. It seems like the vineyard has settled down and is delivering more character. I think this was the most surprising of the reds from 2017. 1,176 bottles reflect the low-yielding, dry and warm year." 94 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
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97 pts James Suckling

94 pts The Wine Advocate