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Raul Perez La Vizcaina 'El Rapolao' Lomas de Valtuille, Bierzo, Spain 2016

Regular price $ 37.80

There is yet a new range: RaúlPérez, which is the umbrella for wines from different origins. I tasted a curious 2016 RaúlPérez El Rapolao, which comes from a small plot at the top of the El Rapolao slope where the Mencía is intermixed with a significant amount of Merenzao (a.k.a. Bastardo) and has no Alicante Bouschet. You might encounter a bottle of this pale and aromatic red, but it's unlikely, because there was only one barrel. It's only 11.8% alcohol, and it's of interest because it has a different and unusual profile, lighter and more aromatic, closer to a red from Jura, but with time, it gravitated more toward a Pinot Noir. There is a Palomino aged under flor for three years, and a pure Panycarne (another biotype of Trousseau/Bastardo/Merenzao).

95 Pts Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate