Luis A. Rodríguez Vázquez Viña de Martin Escolma 2013
Luis Anxo Rodriguez is somewhat of a legend in the wine community, as he’s been quietly crafting otherworldly wines in Ribeiro since the late ‘80s. Escolma (aka “selection” in Gallego), is the top cuvée made from his lowest yielding old vines on steep granite hillsides, and only produced in optimal vintages. The grapes were wild yeast fermented in 300, 500 and 600 liter French oak barrels, raised on the lees for 12 months in barrel, and further aged in the bottle for 36 months before release.
That doesn’t empart any oakiness on the wine but allows the finish to linger, the wine to be more complex and structured. Like all of Luis’s wines, this is definitely age-worthy (we drank a 2009 in 2018 and it was majestically pure). It shows a lovely balance between restrained quince fruit and vivid mineral flavors. A great wine for people that drink Chabis, Loire Valley, northern Italian whites, or dryer German/Austrian wines. Perfect to pair with lobster, crab, or fatty white-fish dishes.