26.75€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.) / Spain
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Salvaxe is now sold without appellation of origin, even if it's the same as previous vintages, a blend of local grapes from old vines in the Gomariz zone that finished fermenting in new and used 500-liter oak barrels, where it matured for 10 months, but didn't go through malolactic, which seems to be the way to keep the freshness when going with fully ripe grapes. This process delivers wines with a generous body and alcohol (close to 14%), a round and lush mouthfeel and some austerity and freshness to keep the balance. This should develop nicely in bottle. There were 2,818 bottles and 10 magnums produced, and it was bottled in September 2019. I tasted 2017 and 2015 next to it, and the wines are evolving at a slow pace, gaining aromatic complexity and polishing the palate, getting rid of the baby fat. I think they hit the sweet spot some five years after the harvest.
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