2018 Vale de Capucha Palhete Tinto

2018 Vale de Capucha Palhete Tinto

Regular price $29

Region: Lisboa < Portugal

Grapes: Arinto (white), Castelinho (red)

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming (SATIVA) with some
biodynamic practices, Kimmeridgian soils, fermented in stainless
steel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with no added So2; zero-zero; 11.5%
ABV

Winemaker: Pedro Marques

Young winemaker Pedro Marques was certified organic in 2012 and is
establishing a tradition of quality and purposeful winemaking in this
region on the LIsbon coast (only 8 km from the Atlantic ocean), an
area mostly known for quantity, not quality. It's a cool growing
climate, thanks to the nearby Atlantic, so grapes struggle to get ripe
enough and retain high acid, but Pedro has found a way to make
textural, juicy wines, with no trickery, just time on the lees, long
fermentations and co-ferments. As a result, Vale da Capucha wine has
become known as one of the pioneers in Portugal's natural wines
movement, making super hands-off but squeaky clean wines - no funk
here.

The light red/white co-ferment is a perfect example of Pedro's
brilliance: it’s a vivid wine – very perky and bright, laced with pink
peppercorn, cranberry and sour cherry -- that wakes you up, but
doesn't make your mouth pucker.  Dry, light and refreshing, it’s a
classic vin de soif that shines with a slight chill.

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