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Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado
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16¾/20

Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado 2016

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. A field blend of six varieties planted across three subzones, Illimitado is a soil survey of the schist-driven terroir in the Douro. The 2016 Ilimitado blends touriga franca, tinta amarela, tinta roriz, rufete, tinta barroca, malvasia preta, and donzelinho tinto, all sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards planted from 1960-1980, and at 400-600m altitude. This was 30 percent fermented in stone lagars for eight days with foot pigeage, with the remainder in vat for just under one month, all whole cluster and native fermented. This was then racked to neutral barrel for a year, followed by five months in tank. Black cherry, olives, plum are threaded with thorns, salt, and leather, all in a very fresh, tight, mineral driven frame. This is a very textural, medium bodied red, with a fine buzz of stones that linger long on the palate.Tasted: 10 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 27.95 consignment Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Touriga Franca - Tinta Amarela - Tinta Roriz - Rufete - Tinta Barroca - Malvasia Preta - Donzelinho Tinto