Red Wine aged in oak
Mencía and others
BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS RAÚL PÉREZ
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Producer: Bodegas y Viñedos Raúl Pérez
Region: Galicia (D.O. Bierzo)
Grape Varieties: Mencía and other varieties (Garnacha Tintorera and Sousón)
Type: Dry Red Wine aged in oak
Alcohol Volume: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 14º - 16º
El Rapolao La Vizcaina is made by Raul Perez at the winery located at Vilafranca del Bierzo in León. Here the Mencia is the main protagonist although is mixed in small percentage with other varieties. It comes from two small plots, one planted in 1920 and the other in 1980, the vines are growing on soils rich in clay on a northern facing slope at an elevation of 500 meters, this is the coldest area in Valtuille de Abajo. Fermented with whole clusters in large open wooden vats, with shorter skin contact of approximately 30-40 days, and ages for 12 months in 500 liters oak barrels.
Raúl Pérez is regarded as among the most talented and innovative winemakers, almost a legend within the Spanish wine making world and abroad. The collaboration with other wine makers and wineries has also proved a great success. He works with the autochthonous varietals of the area. He makes amazing wines in different appellations in Galicia and elsewhere, always small and selected productions. To get hold of his wines is not that easy as they are probably one of the most sought-after.
Tasting notes: Bright and clean, elegant and fresh, floral scented with aromas of red fruit, wild berries and a spicy and mineral vein. Ample and warm, firm tannins and long finish.
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