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Raul Perez La Vizcaina El Rapolao Bierzo 2016 (750ML)
95+ Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The cool and elegant character of the El Rapolao plot seems to have been amplified by the weather conditions in the 2016 La VizcaÃna El Rapolao. PÃ©rez does not own all the vineyards, so sourcing can sometimes vary within the same vineyard, and since 2016 it comes from two old plots where the MencÃa is mixed with other varieties; the wine seems to have gained in depth and complexity as a result. In 2016 he did a slightly shorter maceration and matured the wine in 500-liter oak barrels for a little over 12 months. The vineyard yields well, and the wine is always expressive, balanced and elegant. It seems like slightly higher yields suit it better, and the wines have good tension and an herbal twist that adds to the complexity and freshness. 5,000 bottles produced." 2/19
95 Points, Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Decanter: "A blend of MencÃa with Bastardo and Alicante Bouschet from a 1.5ha plot at 550m, fermented with stalks in open-top vats then aged for a year in 225l and 500l barrels. It's intense, with a complex aromatic expression showing nice red cherry fruit with clear development of dried fruits and a slight brioche character. It's delicately built - round, open and multi-layered. It shows maturity and finishes with elegance and emotion, very slowly." 11/18