Span­ish At­lantic reds: know your vin­tages

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NB: vin­tage as­sess­ments over such a large area are in­evitably im­pre­cise. In ad­di­tion, the vine­yards are mostly planted in hilly ar­eas, with sig­nif­i­cant cli­mate vari­a­tions. Please take this sum­mary as generic.

2016 Widely con­sid­ered to be an ex­cel­lent vin­tage.

2015 There is a lot of vari­a­tion. In Gali­cia there were prob­lems with botry­tis, but average qual­ity is quite high.

2014 Quite dif­fi­cult in Rías Baixas; ex­cel­lent for Ribeiro, Valde­or­ras, Can­gas (As­turias) and Tx­akoli de Bizkaia.

2013 Cool, hu­mid vin­tage in most places. Most wines are un­in­ter­est­ing, but again, Ribeiro is the ex­cep­tion, with a great year.

2012 The best ever vin­tage for Tx­akoli, which re­sulted in its rev­o­lu­tion­ary as­cent to the fine wine world. Good for all the oth­ers.

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