As Caborcas 2011 Telmo Rodriguez
The second vintage of this label, 2011 As Caborcas did not seem to have been able to equal the initial 2010. It's a field blend of very old vineyards with traditional red grapes; Mencía, Merenzao, Sousón, Garnacha Tintorera, Godello and Brencellao. The slope vineyards are on the banks of the Bibei river, overlooking the Ribeira Sacra appellation. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts in 3,000-kilo oak vats and aged for some 15 months in big oak foudres. I had the chance to walk down the terraces where these old vineyards are planted. I find that the wine reflects the wilderness and character of the place, with ripe red and black fruit, and some balsamic aromas that made me think if Mediterranean herbs like thyme and esparto grass. It has a very intense, ripe palate with marked flavors and moderate acidity. The warmish 2011 did not manage to reach the poise of the 2010 but it's a superb effort for the character of the year. 2,328 bottles were produced.
Winespectator / James Suckling (90)
Cherry, smoke, fresh herb and mineral flavors mingle in this lively red, with light, firm tannins and crisp acidity. The brisk, focused character brings you back for another sip. Menc?a.