New Parker Scores for El Bierzo and Galicia
NEW PARKER SCORES FOR EL BIERZO AND GALICIA
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker-The Wine Advocate's correspondent in Spain, recently published a report about the regions of El Bierzo and Galicia. Both regions share some characteristics, but they also have some important differences.
Comprising a vineyard surface around 3,000 hectares, El Bierzo DO is currently one of the most dynamic and quality-oriented Designations of Origin in the whole of Spain.
In the last years, and in contrast to the bureaucratic inertia that systematically hinders the development of some prominent Spanish wine regions, the Regulatory Board at the El Bierzo DO has taken important steps directed at promoting the singularity of the region's terroir and improving the quality of its wines. Two of those steps are worth mentioning.
First, the Regulatory Board has lowered the quantity of admitted yields per hectare. Second, they have set in motion a zonification project to categorize terroirs and locate exceptional vineyards, with the aim that in a not too distant future wines will be identified by its town, estate or even plot of origin.
These two varieties are also prominent in Galicia.
Spain's westernmost region has an extremely rich heritage of indigenous varieties, including red grapes such as Caíño, Espadeiro, Loureiro and Merenzao, and white ones such the well-known Albariño, and the lesser known Treixadura o Loureira Blanca.
Here is our selection of wines with high Parker scores coming from both regions.
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