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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is a micro-production wine from the volcanic Azores islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is grown in volcanic basalt at sea level, less than 50m from the Atlantic. This terroir and the blend of varieties imbue this wine with incredible minerality and purity, as well as unmistakable salinity.
RATING HISTORY:2018 92 "Excellent Value" Forbes
GRAPE:Field blend, co-fermented of Aragones (Tempranillo), Agronòmica, Castelão, Malvarsico, Merlot, Touriga Naçional, Saborinho and Syrah. Vineyards planted from 1989-2004. Tended in volcanic basalt at sea level, less than 50m from the Atlantic Ocean.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This is a very versatile pairing owing to its salinity and freshness. Punchier seafood dishes like seared tuna with olives and capers, as well as lighter meat dishes like beef tataki or carpaccio.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Sustainably farmed vineyards planted to volcanic basalt. Hand harvested to 40kg baskets, heavy triage, then racked to small stainless steel tanks for fermentation. 15 days cold maceration. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast, 8 months aging in stainless steel, then 10 months in bottle prior to release.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Pico, in the Azores, is about 1000 miles off the coast of Portugal. It is dominated by the volcano Ponta do Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain. The soil is entirely black basalt, which puts enormous stress on the vines, lowering yields. Vines are the only crop to speak of on Pico, as other plant life has a difficult time surviving. The average elevation of the vineyards is sea level (0m). Temperature from April to October is 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (15-21 C), with annual rainfall of 1200mm (47”).
TASTING NOTES:Intense ruby-purple. On the nose, fresh red fruit commingled with salty savory notes of the sea and stone. On the palate, fresh and salty, with crunch cranberry, sour cherry and under ripe raspberry. Finishes spicy, with a sanguine umami note.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1 lbs (.47 kg)
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