Guimaro Finca Meixeman 2020


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“I tasted the 2019s and 2020s from all the single vineyards, which made for a very interesting comparison. The 2020 Finca Meixeman has the ripest sensation among the 2020 single-vineyard wines, even if they all have similar alcohol levels (around 14% when the 2019s are approximately 13%) but still quite fresh and balanced. There are notes of soy sauce, decayed flowers, dry herbs (esparto grass) and a faint lactic touch. It has abundant fine-grained tannins and is a little more Mediterranean. It matured in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels. 6,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022. Drink: 2022-2030. 94 points

Pedro “Guímaro” thinks 2019 could be one of the finest vintages of recent times, with textbook conditions and a perfect (and long) cycle for the grape. 2020 was a warmer vintage than 2019, but the profile of the wines is still quite fresh although with a little more alcohol. It was a low-yielding year—25% or 30% less than normal—which, combined with one week of very warm weather, increased the ripeness and concentration. 2021 can be considered a classic vintage in the style of yesteryear, with a very fresh wine profile. It was a very challenging year in the vineyards, with lots of rain and cold weather, a little in the style of 2013. Yields were generous.

They are experimenting with granite eggs and also testing fortified wines with the great help of Niepoort, with whom they also produce a dry red, Ladredo. In 2020 there will be two new wines, one Miño and one Sil, and the 2018 and 2019 from the granite eggs, but the wines were not ready when I tasted.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (259)