2018 Small Lot Tinto Seco Portuguese Red

2018 Small Lot Tinto Seco Portuguese Red
2018 Small Lot Tinto Seco Portuguese Red

Winemaker

“Exploration is a cornerstone of our Small Lot Series; we spent 2018 getting to know four Portuguese grape varieties. Although these are some of the most frequently used varieties for sweet, fortified wines, this version is a dry wine with bold textures, wild plum aromas and savory spice flavors. Maybe if we like it enough, we’ll plant some in the Snake River Valley. Here's to envisioning the future!"
 
~ Melanie Krause, Owner/Winemaker

Vineyards

Single Vineyard (Upland Vineyard), Snipes Mountain AVA, Washington
 
Tasting notes

Tinto Seco greets you with raspberry, leather and spice on the nose. The flavors follow the aromas and are joined by a hint of chocolate and a touch sarsaparilla. Layers deepen the experience and are enhanced by a well structured and long finish.  This is complexity in a glass!

Production notes

Hand harvested. Fermented in 1 ton bins with 4 punch-downs per day.  1 Grapes are pressed after an average 7 days of skin contact. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. 16 months of barrel aging in 11% new barrels, 34% 2nd and 3rd use barrels, and 55% old barrels. Bottled in February 2020. 

Other notes

Let’s be adventurous with these pairings.  Who knows if we’ll ever work with this wine variety again! To begin with it seems fitting to pair it with Portuguese sausage and clam stew.  Take that second bottle you buy and whip up a decadent platter of your favorite poutine.

When to drink: During the first year, decant for an hour & then enjoy. While approachable early in its life, this wine will continue to evolve beautifully over the next 5-15 years.

PROFILE

VINTAGE 2018
VARIETALS Touriga Nacional, Souzão, Tinta Cão & Tinta Madeira
WINE REGION Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mountain AVA (Washington)
ACID 6 g/L
pH 3.65
CELLARING 16 Months in French, American & Hungarian Oak Barrels
RESIDUAL SUGAR 0%
ALCOHOL % 14.2%
BOTTLES 750ml
CLOSURE Traditional Cork
CASES PRODUCED 283
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Vintage2018
Varietal CompositionTouriga Nacional 46%, Souzao 28%, Tinta Cao 17%, Tinta Madeira 9%
AppellationSnipes Mountain
VineyardUpland Vineyard
Acid6 g/L
PH3.65
Aging16 months in oak
Residual Sugar0%
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced283
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