2018 Humus Carbonic Tinto
Region: Lisbon < Portugal
Grapes: Touriga Nacional + SyrahVineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming, certified by Sativa PT since
2007; clay/limestone soils; co-ferment, carbonic maceration then rests
in enox tanks; zero additions, not even SO2; unfined/unfiltered; 12.5%
ABV; 208 cases
Winemaker: Rodrigo FilipeQuinta do Paço is Rodrigo’s small family farm, about one hour north of
Lisbon and 20km from the Atlantic, a cool microclimate where you get
cooling sea breezes and high humidity (good for maintaining acid in
grapes). Rodrigo’s father planted the first parcels of vines in the
90’s but it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that Rodrigo took on the
role as winemaker (winegrower actually), after working as an engineer.
He has no formal oenology training, having learned by reading his
father’s old wine books, attending various courses and workshops, and
by following his gut, always focused on the quality of the grapes and
the health of the soil. He adds nothing to his wines, not even So2,
but they're super clean, a true reflection of his thick clay/limestone
soils and the salty air that blows over from the sea.
We love Rodrigo's reds, which, especially for Portuguese wines, are
super light and fresh. This carbo baby is as glou glou as you get in
Portugal. It shines with a slight chill, but has a serious backbone
of structure and minerality that keeps it from being a one-dimensional
chillable red. Tart, herbal red fruit, sour cherry, oregano. Rodrigo
crushes it again!