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Luis Seabra Vinhos Granito Cru Alvarinho
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Luis Seabra Vinhos Granito Cru Alvarinho 2016

Vinhos Verde, Northern Portugal, PortugalAfter a successful decade as winemaker at Niepoort, Luis Seabra decided to break out on his own. From Vinho Verde's Monçao e Melgaço subregion, this is 1989-planted alvarinho grown on granite soils at 50-150m. As the name suggests, this is Luis Seabra's low-intervention expression of the relationship between grape and terroir. After a four month native ferment in two older oval 1000L vats and one new oval 2000L vat, all Eastern European origin, this then aged nine months on lees without battonage in aforementioned vessels. Green apple slices through this compact, tight, taut alvarino, with river water freshness and a fine bed of lees to cushion. Lemon, river stones, light honeysuckle hums along the palate with a tight shimmer of mineral and a fine grip tucking it all in. Serious.Tasted: 10 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 40.95 consignment Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Varietal: AlvarinhoUPC: 5600790052002