Peña Caballera 2018
29.45€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top red is the single-vineyard Garnacha 2018 Peña Caballera, from a slow-ripening, cooler and wetter year that delivered very juicy wines with structure, tension, complexity and depth. This comes from a 1.5-hectare plot in the 'paraje' that names the wine, planted with 50- to 70-year-old vines on a north-facing slope at 850 meters in altitude on sandy granite soils that are organically farmed. The whole clusters fermented in a 3,300-liter oak vat with indigenous yeasts. After pressing, the wine matured in a 1,500-liter oak foudre followed by five months in concrete before it was bottled. This is incredibly floral and stony at the same time. It's aromatic but has a certain austerity and seriousness. The austerity is more noticeable on the palate, with very fine and chalky tannins, a little more backward than the 2016 at the time and I believe with huge aging potential. It has structure but feels ethereal. 1,993 bottles and 18 magnums produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
Between 14ºC and 16ºC
Alcoholic fermentation with whole harvest and stems in wood tubs. Aged for 14 months in old French oak barrels of 500 liters. Bottled without filtering nor clarifying.
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