This is a fresh, balanced rendition of a classic Douro red. Preserving the intrinsic bent toward the richness and power of the Douro, all while showcasing balance, minerality and elegance.
2017 = 95 Decanter, 2016 = 93 W&S (Year's Best Bairrada, Dao & Douro)
55% Touriga Nacional, 25% old vine field blend (80+ years), 20% Sousao planted to schist soils at 100-400m (328 -1,312 ft) elevation. Vine age ranges from 20-80+ years old.
This is a rich, dark fruited wine that pairs beautifully with grilled and roasted meats and richer game dishes.
Hand harvested. Cold soak fermentation using wild yeasts, with 20 days maceration. Aged for 12 months; 50% in stainless steel, 25% new French barrique, 25% used French barrique.
Vines tended in schist soil at 150-300m (330-1000ft) elevation in Cima Corgo, Douro. 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.
Deep violet. On the nose, redolent of black and blue fruit tinged with violets and wet stone. On the palate, rich but balanced, with fresh acidity coupling the dark blueberry and plum fruit. Finishes long and spicy, with a big dose of flowers and minerals.