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Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Brancotext

Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2017

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalWow. From mica, schist, and feldspar soils (what winemaker Luis Seabra deems the best for whites), this is a field blend of rabigato, códega, gouveio, vioshino and more, with vines 30-60 years old, and at 400-500m in altitude. Ilimitado is akin to Seabra's "village wine", while his Cru wines, well, are self-explanatory. After crushing and destemming, the grapes are pressed together, native fermented, and aged in used French oak barrels for 7 months on lees, with no MLF or battonage. The grapes are terroir-transmitters here, imparting broken stone, mineral salts, light smoke and a driving fine acidity, gripping lightly on the finish. Lemon pith, tight quince, hints of tangerine and meadow herbs line a medium-bodied (13.5 degree), lees-plumped palate. Give this some time in the glass, and enjoy the bottle over an evening. 750 cases made. Fantastic value, especially in Ontario.Tasted: 26 August 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
BC$36.00750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
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Blend: Rabigato - Códega do Larinho - Gouveio - Donzelinho - ViosinhoCSPC: 217150UPC: 05600790052088