Casa de Mouraz - Dao Tinto 2016 750 ML (13.5% ABV)

Casa de Mouraz - Dao Tinto 2016 750 ML (13.5% ABV)

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Antonio Lopes Ribeiro and his wife Sara Dionisio are the force behind Casa de Mouraz; both gave up successful careers in the London art world and returned home to take over Antonio's family vineyards (some 34 acres). They inherited the vineyard through several generations but converted it to the first certified organic vineyard of the Dao in 2000 (and since to biodynamic as well). This "kitchen sink" field blend features 9 varietals from 15 to 85 year old vines planted to 12 hectares of granitic soils.

tasting notes: Medium bodied, beautifully balanced red, cassis, plum, earth, smoke, leather, graphite, Garrigue spice, restrained acidity, grippy tannins

region: Dao, Portugal

varietal(s): Touriga Nacional, Jaen (Mencia), Alfrocheiro, Baga, Rufete, Camarate, Trincadeira, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Tinta Carvalha

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farming & cellar: All grapes are hand-harvested and vineyard sorted at the same time in mid-to-late September, then destemmed and allowed to spontaneously ferment with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks (5000-11000L) for 1-2 weeks. The wine spends its entire time on the lees and is aged in stainless steel and 20% used French oak barrels (500L). Aging lasts in oak for 9 months and in stainless steel for more than 2 years. Not filtered.

pairing: grilled sausages, pasta bolognese, carnitas tacos