La Vizcaína El Rapolao 2018
El Rapolao es una parcela situada en una ladera orientada al norte con bastante pendiente. Al ser tan inclinada no permite el laboreo con maquinaria. El vino es floral, con una boca fina y una acidez más presente que en el resto de los vinos. Un dato interesante: es el vino de la viña favorita de Raúl Pérez, una parcela que nadie quería porque había mucha botritis. Esta añada 2018 es increíblemente buena.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
There is a bit of an animal hint on the nose of the 2018 La Vizcaína El Rapolao, which Raúl Pérez tells me is always part of the character of the wine when it's young. The difference with the 2017 is the quality of the tannins, which rounder and more elegant here, and the concentration, which is lower here, so this 2018 comes through as more fluid, fresh and elegant, with a silkier mouthfeel. They finally bought the vineyard in 2018, and the change in viticulture resulted in lower yields: they produced 6,000 bottles of this 2018, compared with the 10,000 bottles of the 2017. They have bought three more plots for this bottling, so volumes will grow in the future. The initial sensation fades after the wine has been in bottle for one hour, and it makes sense that it's gong to disappear with some more time in bottle. Pérez thinks it might be related to the recent bottling. It was bottled in May 2020, a few weeks before I tasted it. - Luis Gutiérrez.