Red Wine La Vizcaína El Rapolao 2021

Crianza red wine from El Bierzo. Blend of Mencía, Bastardo and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

Crianza. 12 Months in French oak barrels
Percentage of Alcohol: 13.5º
Bottle size: 75 cl
D.O.: Bierzo
Grapes Varieties: Bastardo, Grenache Tintorera, Mencía,
Wineries: Raúl Pérez
P 95 93 94

Availability: In stock

Product Description

Produced by world-famous winemaker Raúl Pérez in collaboration with rising star oenologist César Márquez (who is also Mr. Pérez's nephew), El Rapolao, one of the bottlings of the La Vizcaína collection, is a critically acclaimed Spanish red wine from El Bierzo.

A blend of Mencía, Bastardo (aka Merenzao and Trousseau) and Garnacha tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet), the grapes come solely from El Rapolao, a north-oriented "Premier Cru" vineyard with steep slopes planted with vines 40 to 100 years of age.

Picked by hand and meticulously selected, the whole bunches of grapes were spontaneously fermented in open oak vats. After macerating for about 30 days, this Crianza red wine was transferred into 225 and 500 French oak barrels, where it was aged for 12 months. After that, La Vizcaína El Rapolao 2021 was bottled unfined.

As terroir-bound as it gets, we suggest that you decant this Crianza red wine from El Bierzo some time before drinking.

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Additional Information

The red wine La Vizcaína El Rapolao is medium ruby with some bright purplish tinges.


This blend of Mencía, Bastardo and Garnacha Tintorera is simply marvelous. Cherries and redcurrants, with hints of blood orange, spices, bitter herbs, violets and a bolt of iron. Ever-evolving and utterly compelling. 


Free-breathing and nimble, but not lacking focus or definition, as is usually the case with the wines of Mr. Raúl Pérez. Crisp acidity, smooth tannins and a very long finish with remembrances of red fruit, mint and flowers, with a metallic note and some spicy and herbal remembrances.

Our personal opinion

The exquisite La Vizcaína El Rapolao 2021, belonging to La Vizcaína collection, proves that Mr. Raúl Peréz's talent is off the charts.


El Rapolao 2020:

Enterwine 93. Parker 96.

El Rapolao 2019:

Enterwine 93. Parker 95.

El Rapolao 2018:

Enterwine 93. Parker 95/95+. Guía Peñín 94.

Year 2021
Type Red
D.O. Bierzo
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 30 minutes before serving
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 12
Parker's Score 95
Enterwine's Score 93
Media rating 94
Percentage of variety Mencía, Bastardo y Garnacha tintorera
Pairings Birds, bluefish, Cooked foods, Cow´s cheese, Cured cheeses, Grilled red meats, Grilled white meats, Mushrooms, Paté, Pickles, Risotto, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto
Taste Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement
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I honestly don't think there is a better wine IN THE WHOLE WORLD at this price. In fact, this is MUCH better that most wines 2 o 3 times its price.
Review by (Posted on 13 May 2021)
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