It shows a very light red color. The nose is dominated by red fruit aromas, redolent of sour cherries, licorice, with a hint of blood oranges and the complexity and wild aroma of old co-planted grape varieties. The palate is fluid, with a touch of rusticity, persistence, great length, and fresh acidity.
From the remote countryside of Galicia comes this ambitious new release from Telmo Rodriguez. As Caborcas is a wine based on old-vine Mencia made from a special single vineyard site in Valdeorras. Afer 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 blend and also include small quantities of native varieties Merenzao, Souson, Garnacha, Godello and Brencellao. 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 on native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and wooden tanks. The wine is aged for 12 months in large foudres in order to preserve the fresh, bright character of the fruit. A total of 1,700 bottles were produced, each one numbered by hand and sealed with a wax capsule.