Luis Rodriguez "A Torna Dos Pasas", 2013

Luis Rodriguez "A Torna Dos Pasas", 2013

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Coilleiteiro Luis Rodriguez has two goals when it comes to winemaking -- stay true to native varietals, and create age-worthy wines from the complex flavors within these grapes. In the heart of the Ribeiro, in Galicia (NW Spain), Luis holds 5 hectares, broken up into nearly 100 micro-plots on some of the steepest south-facing slopes in the region where he has been growing since 1988. The Ribeiro was once famed for its traditional wine - vino tostado - made from grapes harvested then left to dry in the sun, but in the last three centuries, conflict, mildew, phylloxera, and civil war have caused most local growers to turn to bulk production table wine. Luis Rodriguez is on the forefront of the battle to shift the attention of both growers and buyers back to the indigenous varietals of Galicia -- Treixadura, Lado, Ferrol -- and to showcase the unique terruno, or terroir. A Torna Dos Pasas is 40% Brancellao, 20% Caiño Longo, 20% Caiño Redondo, 20% 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.

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