The Escolma bottlings are his very best expressions in both white and red, and stand as flagbearer examples of the seriously complex best that Ribeiro has to offer, with shocking evolutionary potential…..
“Among the best vintages of this bottling, the 2012 Viña de Martín Escolma is a selection from the oldest vineyards on poorer soils that yield no more than one kilo of fruit per plant. It’s a blend of Treixadura, Albariño, Lado and Torrontés fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak barrels of different sizes, as the different vineyards are fermented separately. The wines are blended one year later and are fined, filtered and bottled; the bottles are kept for three years before being released. By the time the wine reaches us it has developed all the complexity of bottle aging with notes of diesel, pollen, beeswax, wet granite and spices. The palate shows very good balance and acidity for a warm vintage with superb depth and complexity. This is a world class Ribeiro with length and minerality. Bravo! 2,600 bottles were produced and filled in November 2013.” 94 Luis Gutierrez