Peixes Camándula 2018
£11.79 (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Camándula, from a cold, rainy and late year, is only 11.5% alcohol (in general, the 2018s have half a degree less alcohol than the 2017s). It was harvested a little earlier, even if the cycle was longer, trying to pick crunchy grapes. It was produced from the same vines (around 80% Sousón from 20-year-old vines and the rest a field blend of old vines) and vinified and aged in a similar way to the 2017; fermenting the full clusters with the yeasts from the grapes and maturing the wine for some six months in 3,200-liter and 500-liter oak barrels to complete one year. This is the most reductive of the 2018s, the one that seems to have suffered a bit from the bottling, which was literally two days before I tasted it, and the one that might need a little more time in bottle or in the decanter of you decide to drink it anytime soon. This is always a little meatier and darker than the others, and the character is also obvious in 2018; it's juicy and meaty, more and more reminiscent of smoky bacon and violets as the wine opens up slowly in the glass. The palate is very balanced, with vibrant flavors, fresh, light and tasty. Simply phenomenal. 4,892 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020.
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