Daterra Viticultores - Laura Lorenzo "Azos Do Pobo" 2016
Varieties: 50% Gran Negro and Garnacha Tintorera, with the balance being Mouraton, Mencía, Merenzao, etc.
Appearance: Deep ruby-violet hued.
Nose & Palate: This is a dense and rustic wine with dark fruit, floral aromatics and deep soil expression. Perhaps her most richly expressive in her lineup thus far.
Vinification: Laura Lorenzo, ex-winemaker and viticulturist at Dominio do Bibei, and now owner/winemaker with her own small operation Daterra Viticultores since 2013. Very old mixed plantings of 80-120 years, with the oldest vines planted on their own rootstock (pie franco). The grapes were destemmed and foot-trodden, fermented in open-top used 500 and 225 liter barrels, and then raised for 11 months in used 225 liter barrels. Only a 1,149 bottle production!
Recommended Food Pairing: Lamb meatballs or pappardelle with rabbit & chestnut ragu.