Celler del Roure - Safra - 2018 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Celler del Roure - Safrà

93 points - The Wine Advocate
92 points - The Wine Advocate

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Like many of the other wines, matured in ancient buried 2,600-liter tinajas in their impressive 17th-century cellar. I've always liked the floral and aromatic expression of this wine, which has nice aromas and complexity, developing beautiful notes of sour cherries; and in the palate, it's more serious than you expect, longer, deeper, and very tasty. This is more ethereal than Vermell and less spicy that Parotet. I think it has gained in freshness and complexity with the addition of Arcos.
The 2017 Safrà is from an early and low-yielding year when they got larger grapes that delivered fresher and more fluid wines than a normal warm year. It fermented with 30% full clusters in stainless steel vats, and like all these wines, it didn't see any oak; it matured exclusively in 2,600-liter clay "tinaja" for six months. It's floral and subtle, super elegant, without any excess, expressive and perfumed. The palate is equally elegant, with very fine tannins, good freshness, and very tasty, almost salty flavours. This must be the finest vintage for this wine.
The surprise came with the new medium range red from the ancient wines that are new with the 2015 vintage, the 2015 Safrà, named after the Valencian word for saffron, fermented in old stone lagares. Matured in buried terracotta amphorae for six months. The colour is a bright ruby, and the nose shows bright berry fruit without any hints of excess ripeness, not terribly complex, clean, and precise. The palate follows the same path, great freshness, a silky texture, and great acidity. A fresh Mediterranean red to drink by the boatload without having to think too much.
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