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Azores Wine Co. Rosé Vulcânico
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Azores Wine Co. Rosé Vulcânico 2019

PortugalThe Azores, a volcanic archipelago and wine region in the Atlantic off Portugal, grow wine grapes on three of the nine islands. This is from the island of Pico and its pure volcanic, black basaltic, scrabbly rocky soils. This blends 5-30+ year old saborinho, agronomica, aragones, touriga nacional and many other co-planted varieties across 13 vineyards, sustainably grown in wee plots (2 to 6 bush trained vines per square), planted in 1991 at sea level. This is a partial saignée from António Maçanita's Tinto Vulcanico, along with partial whole bunch, and including some cofermentation. Stainless steel preserves the crisp fruit, and no maceration created the appealing scant orange hue. The 600-1000L stainless barrels were lain on their sides to give more lees / wine contact and texture on the palate. Saline laced wild strawberries, cherries, pink grapefruit pith, crunchy red currant is scented with spring rhubarb, bergamot, and alluring campari bitterness, streaming along the mineral-driven palate to a briny finish. This smacks with marine acidity, making this characterful rosé easily smashable.Tasted: 08 June 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 23.95 Ontario Producer: Azores Wine Co.Distributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
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Blend: Saborinho - Agronomica - Aragones - Touriga NacionalUPC: 5600869590008