Luis A. Rodriguez A Torna Dos Pasas

  • Luis Rodriguez established his bodega in 1988 with the goal of making terruño-driven wines from indigenous grape varieties, grapes like Treixadura and Caiño that were on the verge of extinction at the time. Luis has slowly accumulated 5 hectares comprised of nearly 100 micro-parcels, mostly located on the steep, southwest-facing, granitic hillsides of his hometown of Arnoia. Luis makes wine in the same cellar as his grandfather, where he utilizes native yeasts, judicious SO2, and practices élevage in mostly used, larger French oak barrels.

    A Torna Dos Pasas Tinto is made from native grapes Brancellao, Caiño Longo, Caiño Redondo, and Ferrol. The grapes are hand-harvested and de-stemmed, fermented spontaneously with native yeasts in steel vat, raised in used 300 liter French oak barrels for 12 months, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is a fresh, aromatic, and mediumbodied vinho tinto with lush and spicy flavors of red fruits, black pepper, and purple flowers.