Veronica Ortega Cobrana 2018

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“There was only one amphora and one barrique of the 2018 VO Cobrana, and it had a longer élevage, up to 15 months. This 2018 is more Burgundian, while the 2019 is more Rhôneish. It keeps the profile of the 2016, with vibrant freshness, notes of acid berries, cassis and wild berries, very fine tannins and a very long aftertaste. It’s floral, fresh and easy to drink, delicious but with depth and complexity and surely aging potential. It’s a wine that can be drunk on its own and should also be very versatile with food. It’s elegant and delicate. It’s just plain great. There are only 1,200 bottles of this. It was bottled in April 2020. Drink: 2020-2025. 96 points

Verónica Ortega has found some more new vineyards in Cobrana and has a new light red, Kinki, and she continues working organically in the vineyards, producing characterful wines that reflect the places, grapes and vintages. Her white is the best in the appellation. All plots ferment with full clusters in open-top oak vats or plastic bins, but the larger volume red Quite ferments destemmed in stainless steel. The wines mature in amphorae, different sized barrels and oak vats. Veronica produced 45,000 bottles in 2018. 2016 needed time, 2017 was very challenging with up to three different flowerings in some places (there was no frost in Cal or Cobrana), and 2018 is like a more-complete version of 2016. 2018 was an unusual year. The vines were recovering from the frost of 2017, and the grapes ripened very slowly. Harvest was also late and slow, and Verónica described it as a Galician profile. Analytically, there is not a lot of acidity, but the wines are fresh; she calls 2018 “the most Atlantic of recent vintages.” 2019 was drier and a little warmer/riper than 2018, but quite similar anyway, with wines with a little more structure and acidity.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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