The 2016 Sem Igual is a 70/30 blend of Arinto and Azal, unoaked, dry and without fizz. It comes in at 12.9% alcohol. Harvested a bit early to avoid overly ripe grapes in this vintage, this is a sharp-edged wine, as you might guess just from its grape blend. It shows very fine concentration to go with its very dry and taut demeanor—it fills the mouth and then finishes with some tartness. I wouldn’t quite call it shrill. As it warms it comes into somewhat better balance and shows off some fruit and that solid mid-palate. There is little that one might call fruity in any conventional sense, though. It is neither overly aromatic nor expressive just now but it is pretty intense. If you like steely wines with a knife-like edge, stonewashed demeanor and a tense finish, this is for you. I suspect it will show better next summer. It should hold well. Let’s start here and see what happens. Drink now-2026.
Score: 92 points -- Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate