2016 Somoza O Tesouro Albarello tinto

2016 Somoza O Tesouro Albarello tinto

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“The single-vineyard red 2016 O Tesouro was produced exclusively with Brancellao grapes, known locally as Albarello, from a plot at 580 meters in altitude on alluvial and boulder soils surrounded by chestnut trees. The grape tends to deliver wines of moderate alcohol and sharp acidity (this is 12% alcohol and has 7.2 grams of tartaric acid). Most of the grapes were in full clusters, and they fermented with indigenous yeasts and a long maceration. It matured in two 500-liter French oak barrels for 12 months. I could swear it was an elegant and ethereal Garnacha from Gredos, as the nose was an explosion of flowers and wild herbs with a spicy twist and a touch of stony and smoky minerality (think struck match), with less ripeness than the 2015. It’s also quite pale, with a bright ruby color. The palate has electric freshness and a pungent minerality, a texture and mouthfeel that sets it apart. This is really beautiful, aromatic, expressive and attractive. Truly spectacular. 1,050 bottles were filled in January 2018.” 93+ Luis Gutierrez