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Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal

Alvar de Dios

Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal Bottle
Appellation
Tierra de Castilla y Léon
Variety
Doña Blanca, Albillo Rojo, Albillo Real, Albillo Negro, Moscatel, Moscatel Rojo, Godello, Verdejo, Palomino, Malvasia...
Age of Vines
95
Farming
Practicing organic and biodynamic
Soil
Clay limestone, red clay
Altitude
900-950 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, direct pressing, natural yeast co-fermentation in a single, neutral 350L French oak barrel
Aging
11 months in a single, neutral, 350L French oak barrel

Overview

Vagüera is a single 0.5 ha parcel of mixed vines located at 900–950 meters above sea level just outside the border of Toro in the village of El Maderal. Alvar purchased this site in 2009 when it was somewhat run down, as it had not been worked since 2006. There is a bewildering array of varieties planted here dating back to 1921. It is mostly Doña Blanca and Albillo in its various guises: Albillo Real, Albillo Rojo and Albillo Negro. Other recognizable varieties include: several types of Moscatel, Godello, Verdejo, Palomino and Malvasia. The remainder have yet to be identified – but at this point, isn’t it academic? Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal (before 2015, released as just Vagüera) is a field blend from this site. Harvested by hand on the same day, whole clusters are gently pressed and co-fermented by indigenous yeasts in a single, neutral 350L French oak barrel.

Ratings & Reviews

92

2015 Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal

Source: WA

92

2014 Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal

Source: WA

92

2013 Vagüera Cuvée Rapadal

Source: WA

Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Location
    Castilla y Leon, Spain
  • Appellation
    Tierra de Castilla y Léon
  • Proprietor
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Winemaker
    Alvar de Dios Hernandez
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 700–950 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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