Telmo Rodríguez

As Caborcas 2016

Valdeorras, Spain

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From the remote countryside of Galicia comes this ambitious release from Telmo Rodriguez. As Caborcas is a wine based on old-vine Mencia made from a special single vineyard site in Valdeorras. After ten years of closely studying the vineyards along the Bibei river, Telmo and his partner, Pablo Eguzkiza, were able to acquire a few exceptional bush-vine parcels high up on the slopes. The parcels are traditional field blends and also include small quantities of native varieties Merenzao, Sousón, Garnacha, Godello and Brencellao. The intensely lifted floral and earthy notes are deeply fascinating, and the fruit a pure beam of freshness, reflective of its cool climate location.

VINEYARD

The As Caborcas vineyard covers 6 acres and is situated 2000 feet above the slopes of the Bibei river, with vines that range from 50 to 70 years of age. The vines grow on steep terraces developed primarily from granite, with low fertility and low water retention capacity. All vines are trained in the traditional bush vine method.

WINEMAKING

Grapes are 100% hand-picked and fermented with native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and wooden vats. The wine is aged for 15 months in 2,000-liter foudres. A total of 2,530 bottles were produced, each one numbered by hand and sealed with wax.

Color

Red

Grape Varieties

Mencia

Appellation

Valdeorras, Spain

Reviews

"Both elegant and powerful, with a very Galician feeling to it"

Wine Advocate - "The 2.5 hectares of north- and west-facing terraces planted with old vines produced the 2016 As Caborcas, a wine of unusual intensity, elegance and balance in 2016. The cooler year seems to have worked wonders for the reds here, and the wine is expressive and open, floral and aromatic, developing nuances of moss and fern, with a textured palate where the tannins have the granite mark of stony austerity that is then coated by the glycerin and the fruit, making a wine that is both elegant and powerful, with a very Galician feeling to it."

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