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Luis Seabra Xisto Cru
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Luis Seabra Xisto Cru 2015

Cima Corga, Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalAfter a successful decade as winemaker at Niepoort, Luis Seabra decided to break out on his own, leaving his own name on the wines of Douro. Rather than a single vineyard, this is a single soil field blend, sourced from two plots planted on mica schist in the Cima Corgo subregion of the Douro from 1920-1933, and between 400-570m altitude. After a native ferment, this field blend of rufete, touriga franca, malvasia preta, alicante bouschet and donzelinho tinto spent 11 months on lees, and 22 months total in older French oak. Big and structural, yet so well knit, with knotty purple and blue fruit, thorns, worn leather, salts, and dried florals on the savoury, long frame. Tannins are savoury and firm, though very well integrated even in youth. Much time to go ahead.Tasted: 10 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 66.95 consignment Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Rufete - Touriga Franca - Malvasia Preta - Alicante Bouschet - Donzelinho Tinto