Atlántida Tintilla

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Winemaker Notes

Aromas of Italian plum and dried black cherry are accented by dried rosemary and sage. The nose shows hints of sea breeze and a distinctly maritime minerality. After opening up, wild fruits emerge on the nose, making it smell unmistakably like the place it comes from. The nose is intense and powerful, yet the palate is light, lifted, and incredibly pretty. The palate shows restrained red and black fruit flavors, candied violet, and rooibos, with hints of oregano and Darjeeling tea on the finish. The acidity is fresh and mouthwatering, and the finish is persistent and lingering. After some time in the glass or decanter, the tannins become completely integrated without being soft.

Wine Information

Atlántida is an impressive red wine hailing from Spain’s most historic grape growing region of Jerez, most famous for its solera aging system of sherry. However, what is seldom spoken of are the astounding vineyard sites blanketing the region, where nearly forgotten grape varieties are grown. These noteworthy vineyards are producing some of the finest wines of Spain today. While historically, Jerez had more than 80 different red and white grape varieties planted when phylloxera devastated the area, the trend shifted quickly to focus attention in the vineyard on the replanting and cultivation of one very productive strain of Palomino, the workhorse of Jerez and the base grape for dry sherry. However, one of the most interesting varieties of the pre-phylloxera era is Tintilla, a long-cycling, small grape. Through careful analysis, we have discovered that Tintilla is the ideal grape variety to transport the mineral-laden, salty, chalky characteristics of the albariza soil in which it is grown in the coastal terrain of Jerez. Tintilla vines require meticulous cultivation, and production is very limited.

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