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Guimaro Finca Capelinos 2017 ~ 96+RP View full size

Guimaro Finca Capelinos 2017 ~ 96+RP

GUIMARO ~ 80% Mencía, 20% Garnacha, Caiño, Sousón ~ 13.5% Alc. ~ 0.75 Ltr. ~


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Adegas Guímaro
Pedro Manuel Rodrígues Pérez
DO Ribeira Sacra

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"There are no single vineyards bottled in 2016, as the grapes were destroyed by hail, so I tasted the 2017 Finca Capeliños. They used 65% full clusters in 2017 and a shorter maceration than in other years, perhaps because the very short growing season (the grapes were harvested earlier than ever) delivered less ripe seeds and stems, so that a longer maceration would have extracted harsher tannins. The dry and warm year was saved by some rain just before the harvest that allowed the grapes to develop flavors and aromas, because they were not present before. The result is very impressive. This is always the most elegant from the single-plot bottlings; the extremely old vineyard seems to provide an extra degree of nuance, and the grapes are nicely balanced, maintaining the acidity to provide the wine with freshness. 2017 is a warm year with powerful wines, a little in the style of 2015, but I see a tad more elegance and better balance here. There is power and concentration, with ripeness that is not noticed (there's 14% alcohol). It has plenty of fine-grained tannins that would benefit from some time in bottle. It should develop effortlessly for a decade. A great Capeliños. 800 bottles produced."


"The terrible frost on the 15th of August 2016 made it impossible to produce the single-vineyard bottlings from that vintage.; they had to work hard to recover the vines, as they lost some vines to frost, and hail killed both very young (up to 12% in the new A Ponte) and very old plants. In 2017, the frost didn't touch them other than in some plots for the generic red; and they started recovering their normal speed and had an atypical vintage, as everything sped up. They started harvesting in August and finished on the 12th of September, compared to a normal year, when the harvest happens between mid-September and mid-October. It was a very dry and warm year. But harvesting early and using some other varieties other than Mencía (Mouratón, Caíño, Brancellao) to pump up the acidity helped balance the wines."

96+ Points | Luis Gutiérrez | Robert Parker, Wine Advocate | Issue #241 | 28 February 2019

  • Drink: 2019 - 2029
  • Production: 800 bottles
  • Treatment: 13 months in used French barriques (225 liter)