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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?‘Mono C’ is a unique exploration of one of Southern Portugal’s most commonly planted red varieties, Castelāo. It is rarely planted in Douro, although authorized. With a softer tannin profile than many of the Douro’s native red grapes, this is a wine that’s more open and less tight than the local wines—and under Seabra’s watchful eye, less soft and alcoholic than the varietal typically is shown.
RATING HISTORY:2019 92+ WA; 2017 92 WS, 90 WA
GRAPE:100% Castelão, from a single vineyard, planted to yellow schist at 450m elevation in 1993.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Charcuterie, grilled pork dishes, roasted poultry.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Whole-cluster fermented in stainless steel vats using only indigenous yeast. One-month cold maceration. Elevage in 500L used barrel on the lees for 18 months before bottling.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vineyards located in Baixa Corgo. This is a subregion that experiences extreme highs and lows from a temperature standpoint, with some of the greatest day-night temperature delta in Portugal. As such the fruit experiences extended hangtime. Vines planted exclusively in to yellow schist soil at 475m elevation. 600mm annual rainfall.
TASTING NOTES:Bright violet. On the nose, snappy aromas of red and blue fruit, overlaid with a distinct schist mineral note. On the palate, bright and punchy, with sour cherry, plum, tart blueberry tightly wrapped in floral and mineral tones. Mouthwatering acidity and soft skin tannin provide lovely balance to the fruit. Drink with a slight chill.
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