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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?The fruit for Aplanta comes from a community vineyard, creating a liquid link between the person enjoying this wine and the beautiful story of Aldeia da Luz and its people. Emblematic of the style of the area, this wine is proof that “it takes a village!”
RATING HISTORY:2018 87 WS; 2016 89+ IWR
GRAPE:80% Aragonez, 20% Alicante Bouschet. Vines planted in 2002. Tended in sandy and loam soil at 250 m (820 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Aplanta does well with grilled meat from burgers to steaks, as well as charcuterie and sharp cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Quickly pressed after harvest, the grapes go on a pre-fermentative “cold soak” on a temperature controlled for 3 days (at 45F) in order to conserve the fruit’s fresh flavor and aroma. Then racked in french oak barrels for fermentation and aging.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:These vineyards are located in Alentejo, in southern Portugal. The soils are composed of Schist and sandy loam, at 250 m (820 ft) above sea level. Average temp during the growing season is 30 C. Average rainfall from April to October is 480mm.
TASTING NOTES:70% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet. Dark garnet tinged purple. On the nose, lush blueberry, plum and red cherry aromas, overlaid with slate mineral. On the palate, a core of red cherry and blueberry fruit is wrapped with hints of fresh tobacco, black pepper and spice. Plush and refreshing all at once.
ALCOHOL CONTENT:14.0% / 2016: 13.5%
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.86 lbs (.39 kg)
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