Nose: Beguilingly restrained, with a faint whiff of dark berries, and minerals.
Palate: Medium-light in body, this is a rustic and super interesting wine to explore. A little austere and with fine tannins, and the granite dustiness on the finish.
Vinification: DO Arribes is a little-known appellation located on the extreme western edge of Spain along its border with Portugal. Alvar left his native Toro to work under the Gredos masters, Comando G. This is a single (40–60 year old) vineyard of indigenous Juan Garcia and Rufete intermixed with several other local varieties. Hand harvested, 24-48 hour pre-fermentation maceration, native yeast, whole-cluster fermentation, foot-trodden & finished with a 20 day maceration. 5 months in neutral French oak barrels. Only 800 bottles produced!
Recommended Food Pairing: With a slow-roasted pork sandwich with sharp provolone and garlicky broccoli rabe (google Bon appetit for the recipe).
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