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Guimaro Cepas Viejas 2018

Guimaro Cepas Viejas 2018

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"The white 2018 Cepas Viejas was produced from a selection of old vines (60 to 70 years of age), using the individual plants intermixed in the family vineyards (17 different plots), a wine that was always done by the family. It could be something like 80% Godello and then 15% Treixadura and 5% Don Branca, fermented in used, well-seasoned and neutral barriques (now including two 500-liter barrels), where it matured for a further four to six months without bâtonnage. It has a golden color from some 24 hours in contact with the skins, with notes of pollen and quince, very clean, integrated oak and a very complete palate, combining power and very good freshness. It's very tasty and clean. This vintage didn't need any racking and didn't have any reductive aromas. This should make old bones. Only 1,000 bottles were filled in August 2019. Drink: 2020-2027. 94 points

Guímaro has 11 hectares of vineyards—all in the Amandi subzone of Ribeira Sacra and all in the village of Doade—and they control another 20 hectares across Ribeira Sacra. They produce 160,000 bottles per year. Since 2013, alcohol levels have been lowered, and it's not low alcohol just for the hell of it. But when you are able to harvest earlier with ripe grapes and lower alcohol, the wines show the terroir more transparently. This change has been gradual, and in 2019, some of the wines have alcohol levels of 12.5%. I caught the 2018s, which could very well be their finest vintage to date."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (05/20)