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La Vizcaína El Rapolao 2019

La Vizcaína El Rapolao

2019
A particularly balsamic Rapolao
95
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production5,000 bottles

The wine

The Rapolao from La Vizcaína de Vinos is a wine of great elegance and freshness, a true expression of its terroir of origin. It’s a serious, fluid and expressive wine, showing a more notable acidity than the bodega’s other wines, with a silky palate and a desirable harmony. It combines intense balsamic notes, almost like menthol and eucalyptus, with woodland berries and floral touches.

What does this wine taste like?

A bright cherry-red colour, La Vizcaína Rapolao highlights its floral aromas, with notes of red fruits and wild berries as well as some spicy and mineral hints. Generous, warm and very fine on the palate, yet fresh too and with firm tannins evident. It ends with a long finish that accentuates its character, that of a serious wine with plenty of power.

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
arroces
Rice
carnes-rojas
Red meat

Ratings and awards

202096 PK
201995 PK
201895+ PK94 PN
201795 PK
201695+ PK16.5 JR
201494+ PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: Peñín

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

Raúl Pérez has purchased the plot of El Rapolao that he uses for La Vizcaína, close to 1.3 hectares, and they expect the wine to have a big change as they are taking over the viticulture and want to lower yields. The 2019 La Vizcaína El Rapolao has plenty of tannin and is more concentrated than the 2020. 5,000 bottles produced.

— Luis Gutiérrez (31/01/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 95 PARKER

Mid crimson. More lifted and fragrant than the Parajes from this producer, more red-fruited and elegant with super-fine texture.

— Julia Harding (12/02/2019)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2016 - 16.5 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

3.3/5
4 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

After selection and harvesting by hand in the vineyard, the wine undergoes fermentation as whole bunches with stalks in large open vats made of wood, followed by ageing for 12 months in used French oak barrels.

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

El Rapolao

The grapes for producing this wine come from Raúl Pérez’s favourite vineyard, two plots planted in 1920 and 1980 at the Rapolao site, on a hillside at an altitude of 500 metres, and located in the coolest part of Valtuille de Abajo.

SoilClay
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
OrientationNorthwest
Altitude500.00 meters