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GABAXO 2018

Olivier Rivière

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Vintage
2018
Country of origin
Spain
Region
Rioja
Parker
93
Appellation
Rioja DO
Volume
0,75 l
Grape variety
50% Garnacha, 50% Tempranillo
Serving temperature
16
Drinking window
2020-2025

Parker review

The 2018 Gabatxo was singing when I tasted it. This was floral and elegant, insinuating and nuanced, very expressive. This is different from the previous years when the wine was a 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo. Now, there's less Tempranillo and more Garnacha, and Graciano comes into the picture. So, it's a blend of 40% Garnacha, 30% Graciano and 30% Tempranillo from different locations: Cárdenas and Rioja Baja for the Garnacha and Laguardia for the Tempranillo and Graciano. Alcohol is 13.5%, and there's very good freshness. It has fine tannins, and there's a very spicy side to it (black peppercorns from the Graciano?). It's nicely textured, long, precise, balanced and mineral. It's a serious wine that drinks well and has everything to develop nicely in bottle. Superb! 93/100.