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Azores Wine Co. Rosé Vulcânicotext
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Azores Wine Co. Rosé Vulcânico 2020

PortugalThis grows on the island of Pico, in the Azores archipelago, off Portugal, 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 pale peach hue. The 600-1000L stainless barrels were lain on their sides to give more lees / wine contact and texture on the palate. Bright and juicy, with wild strawberries, Rainier cherries, pink grapefruit on a marine-led, saline-dominant, light bodied palate, finishing with more quenching grapefruit pith. There's a riffing texture that draws this to the salty finish. Smashable, characterful, and moreish.Tasted: 22 June 2021Tasted 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