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Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Douro Tintotext
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Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Douro Tinto 2018

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalIllimitado is a soil survey of the schist-driven terroir in the Douro, irregardless of grapes. This year, field blends of grapes from Cotas and Ervedosa do Douro in the Cima Corgo were sourced, with vines between 35 and 60 years, planted in Patamares and large terraces from 400-550m, predominantly on loamy clays and yellow slate. 40% of the grapes were fermented whole cluster in Lagares, foot trodden, with 8-10 days maceration. The remaining 70% fermented whole cluster in stainless tanks, with 20 to 30 days maceration. Both lots aged for 14 months in used French barrels. This is certainly schistous, with a tight stony grip holding ripe plum, wild blackberry, fragrant blueberry, pink peppercorn, and rockrose, with naturally elevated acidity holding all aloft. Tannins are long and firm, framing this to a lingering wet slate finish. Great energy here in this savoury red, drinking very well now and with time ahead.Tasted: 10 August 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 27.95 consignment BC 42.00 private wine shops Producer: Luis Seabra VinhosDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
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