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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Valdeorras Mencia 2009
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Valdeorras Mencia 2009
(search item no. 113505)
green wine
has fluid
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Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Made from 100% Mencia, Gaba do Xil Mencia is grown in the vineyard called La Falcoeira, in the town of Santa Cruz. It's not just the wild energy, the mash-up of stemmy greenness with dark fruit ripeness. You can find that in a great Chambolle. It's more the contrast of floral and meaty scents, as if violets were pressed into chorizo. And the tannins, as black as carbon, integrating with the fruit into a dark-lashed beauty.
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About Telmo Rodriguez:

Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.

Telmo studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Bordeaux and was the winemaker at his family winery in Rioja, Remelluri, and then set off on his own in the early 1990s to discover new vineyards and regions all around Spain. He now makes a range of wines in diverse viticultural areas of Spain, with an emphasis on the following:


Telmo’s vineyards are biodynamically farmed
All vines are exclusively bush-trained, the traditional Spanish method
Sites with exceptional terroir
Varietals traditional to their regions
Replanting only with massal selections

Telmo was among the first to make significant wines in Toro, Rueda, Valdeorras, Malaga, Alicante and Cigales. In these areas he uses native varietals, often grapes rediscovered such as Godello, Verdejo, Moscatel and Monastrell which do not have wide recognition. With other classically recognized varietals such Tempranillo, Garnacha and Carignan, he works with vines that are indigenous and reflect the character of their particular site. As a result, Telmo has been one of the leaders of the quality revolution with these varietals in up and coming areas such as Toro, as well as in the traditional areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.