As Caborcas 2014
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.
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.
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.
2014 was an unusually warm year in Valdeorras – particularly the months of January, July and September. It was also quite wet, with rainy spells in the winter, early Spring, and fall. The harvest was a challenging one, with some rainy days, but thanks to the winery’s dedicated an detailed work removing leaves and sorting grapes, they were able to produce a wonderful As Caborcas 2014 – rich, elegant, ripe and balanced. Outstanding in every sense.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate - "The reference for reds in Valdeorras is already on its fifth vintage with the 2014 As Caborcas. It was cropped from an average and healthy vintage for the region, from the same terraced vineyards planted with a mixture of old vines, mostly Mencía but also Merenzao (Trousseau), Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera, Godello and Brancellao. It fermented in a combination of stainless steel and 400-liter oak vats with wild yeasts and aged in large oak foudres for 15 months. It's fascinating to be able to compare three single vineyard reds from a relatively small region and see how different they are. To me As Caborcas is the one that feels most obviously young and closed and needs more time in the glass (and possibly more time in bottle, too). After 30 minutes in the glass, the nose starts to take off showing subtle floral aromas, elegant, nuanced and intriguing. The palate is terribly balanced, with refined tannins within the rusticity inherent to the region, with great purity and a very tasty finish with the stamp of the granite soils. 2,530 bottles were filled in May 2016." - Wine Advocate
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