Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2017

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Telmo Rodriguez and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza are wine-cultural historians. They contend that when you drink (and by extension, plant and grow grapes, make and mature wines), you choose and make a place; establishing its ecology, its landscape, its political economy and its lived history. You interpret, transform, confirm a certain way of things. Their intention is to interpret and confirm Valdeorras on a human, rather than industrial scale. The wines are delicate, pure, hand-made. “This
is the anti-winemaking”, they proclaim. PWS

It was hard to beat the superb 2016, but the 2017 Gaba do Xil Mencía was also perfumed and open, expressive, with a little more ripeness, with good volume and a little more density. This fermented and matured in stainless steel and was bottled without ever touching any oak to keep the fruit profile. But it's more than fruit; it has the austere texture of the granite soils with an expressive finish. 2017 was a short vintage because of problems with frost and they produced 22,700 bottles of it. LUIS GUITERREZ, eRobertParker