Telmo Rodriguez 2019 Laderas Do Xil Falcoeira A Capilla Valdeorras Tinto

Telmo Rodriguez 2019 Laderas Do Xil Falcoeira A Capilla Valdeorras Tinto

Telmo Rodriguez has become one of Spain's most exciting wine makers 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 identifying vineyards that are worth featuring in a bottle. His project Ladeiras do Xil (meaning the hillsides of the Sil River) began in 2002 and at this point the wines have hit a high point.

Falcoeira is a 2.75 hectarce, south facing vineyard and is often the richest of the 3 single vineyards wines Telmo does in Galicia.

"Unique aromas of blackberries, iron and cloves, even rust. Full-bodied with very fine tannins. Long and intense with so much spice. So complete and layered, yet ever so refined. Hard not to drink now, but will age beautifully. " 98 points James Suckling

"The 2018 Falcoeira A Capilla comes from a wet and somewhat challenging year given the warm summer after a rainy spring that made them work hard in the vineyards. This comes from a field blend of Mencía, Brancellao, Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera and other grapes that they replanted on steep terraces on granite soils at 400 to 600 meters in altitude. It fermented in 3,000-kilo oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in a 2,000-liter oak foudre. It has moderate alcohol despite being from a warm exposure. This is a wine that has been improving every year, and in the cooler 2018 vintage, it comes through as very aromatic, floral, elegant and expressive (I said Burgundian, and Pablo didn't like it very much). It's a medium-bodied red, beautifully textured, with very fine tannins, the granite grainy feeling and a dry and long finish with pungent flavors. I love it! 1,200 bottles were filled in June 2020." 95 points Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
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