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El Rapolao

El Rapolao
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El Rapolao
Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels used.
Variety: Mencía,  Estaladina,  Souson
Designation of Origin: D.O. Bierzo
Production area: Castilla y León
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels used.
Variety: Mencía,  Estaladina,  Souson
D.O. Bierzo (Castilla y León)
Volume: 75 cl.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body

Characteristics of El Rapolao

El Rapolao is a red wine from Bierzo produced by the Raul Perez winery. The winery is located in Villafranca del Bierzo, in the province of León.

El Rapolao is made from the Mencia variety and small percentages of Alicante Bouschet, Estaladina and Souson.

The grapes come from vineyards planted on soils rich in clay and iron, facing north, located on the grounds of Valtuille de Abajo.

Regarding its preparation, El Rapolao undergoes fermentation in wood vats of 5000l. After this process, the wine is aged for 12 months in sycamore oak barrels.

Serve at 16ºC
Contains sulphites
Pairing
Mushrooms, Steak tartare, Rice with meat, Roasts, Red meat with sauce

Tasting notes El Rapolao

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.
Sight Cherry red with violet, bright trim. Nose Extremely intense, red fruit aromas with a spicy and mineral background. Taste Entry is powerful, full-bodied. Well integrated tannins and good acidity. Very long aftertaste.

Ratings

  • Parker 93
  • Parker 95
  • Parker 94
  • Peñin 93
  • Parker 93
  • Parker 95

Ratings for the vintages from D.O. Bierzo

2017 Very good
2016 Excellent
2015 Excellent
2014 Excellent
2013 Very good
2012 Excellent
2011 Very good
2010 Very good
2009 Very good
2008 Very good
2007 Excellent
2006 Very good
2005 Excellent
2004 Very good
2003 Very good
2002 Very good
2001 Very good
2000 Very good
1999 Good
1998 Good
1997 Good
1996 Very good
1995 Good
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    01/08/16 El Rapolao 2013 Excellent spanisch wine .
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    Designation of Origin D.O. Bierzo

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