La Faraona 2020
De la austeridad del monte surge el misterio de su sublime fragilidad. La Faraona encierra en una botella toda la magia de unas cepas nacidas en suelos de magma a casi 900 metros de altitud. Posee finura, equilibrio y elegancia a raudales. Un vino convertido en un icono. Tras obtener los 100 Parker en 2014 y 2018, vuelve de nuevo a rozarlos en esta cosecha 2020. De color pálido y delicado, muestra aromas a pedernal y ahumados, gran equilibrio, taninos sedosos y ultrafinos y una sutileza etérea. A la altura de su leyenda.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The pale and delicate 2020 La Faraona is the lowest in alcohol at 13.5% and is more reductive than its siblings—flinty and faintly smoky. It needs breathing, so it might be a good idea to decant it in advance if you're going to open a bottle any time soon. What's important is that the palate is terribly balanced, with lots of ultra fine tannins, silky, soft, full of flavors, elegant, complex and nuanced. It has lots of inner energy and tension, and it's subtle and ethereal. The finish is full of sweet red fruit and violets, nicely balanced by the tannins and the acidity. It's delicious and should develop nicely in bottle and drink well throughout its life. It's hard to compare with previous vintages, as this is more delicate than any previous years. It's a different style but every bit as good as 2019. The vineyard is 85% Mencía and the rest other varieties; when they bought the vineyard, it was 50% white grapes, and they have slowly been replanting and regrafting it, looking after every single plant. It's a half hectare at the top of the slope, at 975 meters in altitude, one of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Like Moncerbal and Las Lamas, La Faraona is certified organic starting in 2020. Bravo! 1,400 bottles were filled in October 2021.
A very expressive, scented nose that offers iron and raw-meat character at first, with nice flinty reduction, then it turns to white sesame, racy raspberries, agave, slate, fresh flowers and dried herbs. Ethereal and super-elegant with a juicy palate, threaded by extremely fine but fresh tannins. It goes on and on, but in a subtle way. This takes your breath way with its fascinating perfume and linearity. From organically grown grapes. Irresistible now if you give it time to breathe to whittle down the reductive character, but better after 2025.
The joys of a tectonic fault! The fruits of a unique vineyard clustered with volcanic mineral from the fault. The resulting flavours even include tropical fruits. This is a wine that is all about pleasure: succulent, cherry fruited, and firm grip of tannin, a panoply of wild herbs. The essence of a single vineyard.