Luis Rodriguez, A Torna Dos Pasas Escolma Tinto, 2015

Red Wine from Galicia, Spain
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Over the past three decades, Luis Rodriguez has quietly established himself as the master of the Ribeiro, that tiny corner of Galicia that has historically been home to some of Spain’s greatest wines. His wines are not showy, and they don’t adhere to the any of the trends or fads that periodically seize the wine world. They are gorgeous wines, crafted entirely of native grapes, and they veritably roar with maritime terroir.

Centuries ago, Ribeiro was responsible for some of the most highly esteemed and widely traded wines in Europe, but a series of devastations (war, disease, war again) cut that fame short. Today, it is a region ripe for revival. A truly passionate and skilled winemaker like Rodriguez can take the region’s granitic soil, its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its unique grapes and produce wines that are much more than the sum of their parts—something truly magical.

Over the last 30 years, Luis Rodriguez has managed to amass close to a hundred micro-parcels, all around the small town of Arnoia. From these vines, he produces incredibly complex, mineral-driven and deliciously distinctive wines; there is no doubt that his can hold their own against some of the finest wines from anywhere. Despite all hailing from the same tiny geographic area, there are striking differences between each cuvée.

These are wines we love to drink: honest, authentic and entirely singular examples of passion and talent, united in one winemaker.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The red rarely reaches the same complexity and elegance as the white, as I see in the Escolma range. The red 2015 A Torna dos Pasás Escolma is a dark blend of Brancellao, Caíño Longo, Ferrol and Caíño Redondo with a rustic earthy touch, black berries and some spices. It was produced with the grapes from the oldest vineyards they have, and it fermented destemmed, with a three-week maceration and punch-downs twice per day. It matured in new or semi-new oak barrels for 12 months. It's kept in bottle for three years before it's released. In 2015, the red grapes ripened properly, and the wine is quite powerful, with 13% alcohol and fine tannins, with balance and a juicy texture. This has character, more austere and backward, not exuberant at all. There were 2,100 bottles, 100 magnums and 20 double magnums produced. It was bottled in December 2016." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Country

    Spain

  • Region

    Galicia

  • Grape Variety

    Caino , Other Regional Grapes , Red Blend

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Herbaceous , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied