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Characteristics of Dominio de Anza Finca El Rapolao
Dominio de Anza Finca El Rapolao is a red wine produced by the winery Dominio de Anza in Valtuille de Abajo, D.O. Bierzo.
Dominio de Anza is the project of Diego Magaña in El Bierzo. Diego is a young Navarrese brought up in a family with a long winemaking tradition, Bodegas Viña Magaña. He has also gained experience in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Argentina and Chile.
In a trade promotion trip he made to the United States, he became friends with Raúl Pérez, who convinced him to produce wine in El Bierzo and let him use his own facilities. Surrounded by the valley, the sunset and the vineyards, in 2014 he decided to create his first two wines in this region.
Dominio de Anza Finca El Rapolao is a wine made from Mencía, Alicante Bouschet and Sousón, from a vineyard located in Valtuille de Abajo, where Raúl Pérez also makes his wine, El Rapolao. This plot is situated on a steep hillside facing north, with very old vines planted on red clay soils.
Once the grapes are harvested, they ferment with their stems in open 400-litre barrels, with local yeasts and a controlled temperature, with a maximum vatting of 3 weeks. This wine is aged for 12 months in 225-litre French oak barrels.
Dominio de Anza Finca El Rapolao is an expressive wine, with a pleasant texture and freshness. The fruit stands out above the spiced notes of the ageing process, but of course marking the character of the terroir. In this first vintage, only 300 bottles have been produced.
Extreme weather included low rainfall and summer drought with high temperatures resulting in an unusually early harvest. The most important weather events occurred on April 28th with a late frost that destroyed the crops of El Bierzo valley, and also the hailstorm that fell days later on May 9th, which destroyed part of the vineyards on the slopes of Corullón. The harvest was brought forward to unusual dates due to the high temperatures. Some winegrowers started to pick grapes the last days of August.The wines of this vintage have a good balance between structure and acidity. The fast ripening of the grape caused a small decrease in acidity that makes the wines accessible from the first vintage.
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area. The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
The 2015 vintage was characterised by low rainfall. The lack of water throughout the year brought the vegetative cycle of the vine forward and it was not until days before the harvest that it started to rain considerably. This caused the grape to hydrate and lead to a somewhat fresher vintage than what it initially seemed. The continental character that this vintage looked like it was going to have was mitigated by the rain before the harvest, balancing the phenolic ripeness, qualifying the vintage as excellent. The wines of this vintage have an excellent balance between structure, acidity and texture in the mouth. A vintage that can age perfectly.
The 2014 vintage was characterised by a marked Atlantic climate. The rains and the cold in autumn prevailed, leading to a somewhat warmer than usual winter. Spring started mildly, with a two-week delay in budding and the rains were sporadic, with a total water accumulation of 1,000 mm that gives the vintage its Atlantic character. In July and August, temperatures rose and rainfall was scarce, leaving the grapes to ripen in an excellent way and giving the vintage a little more structure. At the end of August, they suffered high temperatures, and in September, the traditional rains made the harvest quite difficult. The wines of this vintage are characterised by their great complexity. A wine with an Atlantic and fresh character and a structure provided by the warmer end of cycle. Wines with a long life ahead.
Bierzo wine is on the rise. It is a region defined by its small scale work, with plots scattered around, very old vines, artisan work of the small scale wineries, and the character of their principal variety, the Mencía grape, which produces fresh, fruity and delicious wines. Although the region is well known mostly for its red wines, it also produces white and rosé wines. If the red wines here are defined by the Mencía variety, then the white wines here are defined by the Godello. Godello grape has great aromatic potential, as well as an excellent balance between alcohol and acidity. Despite the great potential of El Bierzo, its rise in the wine world would not have been possible without two people: Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez. Two great winemakers who in little time have been able to produce critically acclaimed wines from the Bierzo region.