El Rapolao 2018 - César Márquez
The El Rapolao farm, the coolest plot in the Valtuille area, located on clay soils with little organic matter.
After the manual harvest, already in the cellar, the whole bunches ferment in open barrels with native yeasts. Once the fermentation is finished, they are aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.
The 2018 El Rapolao was produced with the grapes from the adjacent plot to the one from Castro Ventosa. It has maybe 5% white grapes and a faint reductive character—a flinty or gun powder note, turning into sesame seeds á la Coche-Dury with time—that the vineyard can have, with a lot less alcohol (13%) and is lighter and more ethereal and elegant. This is floral, clean and fresh, fulfilling the fresher and more elegant style of the 2018s. It follows the style of 2016, perhaps with a touch more depth and complexity, and it is more elegant, with more refined tannins and a chalky sensation. 984 bottles were filled in December 2019.