13% alcohol, 100% whole cluster, native yeast, S facing slate soils – Another wine that has me salivating both hedonistically and intellectually, this is a cofermented blend of two native varieties whose production was so small in 2015 that they were combined to make one cuvée; in 2014, for example, they were vinified and bottled separately. Again, from minuscule yields, it is foot tread, then vinified in conical vessels, using uniquely native yeasts, and then aged in French oak barrels of at least 5 years of use to entirely neutralize any oak influence. Caiño is described as : “The plant of Caiño is native to Galicia and has low productivity and a late maturing. The clusters are medium and not very
compact grapes that requires warm temperatures to complete its cycle. The wines are intense and fruity”. Sousón is described as “a type of grape native to Galicia, very small, with presence of aromatic black fruits such as blackberry and cassis and floral moderate intensity. Has excellent ability to age in wood and the most are plurivarietales with different percentages of other local varieties, which give mainly aromatic complexity.” The combination of the two seems quite complimentary, and will make for delicious discovery to any who chose to indulge. Again, on the world stage, these are silly good bang for your vinous buck……
“(a blend of caino and souson; from 80-year-old vines): Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, potpourri and smoky minerals. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors and a touch of candied rose. The floral note carries into a long, penetrating finish, which features a suave spicecake quality and zesty minerality. Fans of graceful pinots should really go for this one.” 93 Josh Raynolds for the 2011, the last vintage reviewed, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE.