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Luis Seabra Vinhos Granito Cru Alvarinho
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Luis Seabra Vinhos Granito Cru Alvarinho 2017

Vinhos Verde, Northern Portugal, PortugalAfter a successful decade as winemaker at Niepoort, Luis Seabra decided to break out on his own. This is his line of wines exploring grape (in this case albariño) and terroir (the granite soils of Vinho Verde's Monçao e Melgaço subregion). These vines were planted in 1989 at 50-150m. After a four month native ferment in two older oval 1000L vats and one new oval 2000L vat, all Eastern European origin, this went through partial MLF, and spent nine months in said vessels on lees without battonage. Light lime, lemon pith scents the stony palate, one bright with green apple, crisp Anjou pear, and finishing with a kiss of honeysuckle. Tidy and neat, with a fine veil of lees to cushion. All about the place, as Luis attended, and a lovely raw view of albariño's expression on granite.Tasted: 30 September 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 40.95 consignment Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
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Grape: AlvarinhoUPC: 5600790052002