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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Xisto Cru Tinto comes from just two small centenarian vineyards, on opposite sides of the Douro River near Pinhão in Cima Corgo.. Sustainably farmed vines, and vinified using only spontaneous fermentation and native yeasts. This way he removes all potential variability other than the soil type as an expression of terroir.
RATING HISTORY:2019 96+ WA; 2016 93 WA; 2015 95 WA, 93 VFTC
GRAPE:20% Rufete, 20% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Carvalha, 10% Alicante Bouchet, 10% Tinta Roriz, 15% Donzelinho Tinto, 15% Malvazia Preta. Sustainably farmed vineyards planted from 1910-1933. Tended in mica schist soil from 650-700 m (2,133-2,297 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Grilled and roasted meats, mushrooms, smoked and cured meats.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:The grapes are spontaneously fermented with native yeasts in closed wooden vats. They macerate for up to two months, allowing time for the intense tannins to integrate and soften. The wine is aged between 18-24 months in used French oak used barrels and racked only once in spring after malolactic to remove the lees. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The wine comes from just two small centenarian vineyards between 1,500-1,700 feet in elevation, on opposite sides of the Douro River near Pinhão in Cima Corgo. The vineyards are farmed directly by Luis and his team, and they’re among the latest to be harvested in the region. Vines planted exclusively in mica schist soils.
TASTING NOTES:Dark ruby. On the nose, mineral driven aromas of red berries, forest floor, green herbs and smoke. On the palate, lively acidity cuts through a core of fraise de bois, ripe strawberry and sour cherry, with excellent cut and precision to the wet stone and dusty mineral on the finish. Decant for an hour prior to serving.
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