Vieira de Sousa Alice Red Reserva (2018)


From the Importer: The Alice Red Reserva is a blend of several traditional grapes from the Douro Valley, coming from the steep vineyards of the estate, and from nearly 40-year-old vines. After the grapes are brought into the cellar, they were de-stemmed and then put into stainless steel tanks for natural fermentation, with almost two weeks with the skins before pressing. The wine then rested in old French barrels for about 3 months before it was bottled and put to market. The finished wine is explosive with personality, and although it hints at the stewed dark fruits of Port, it is far from oxidative in character. Ripeness pours out from the nose, dark black cherries, juicy blackberries, purple plums, anise, and clove. On the palate the fruit persists, but the ripeness takes more of a back seat and displays a juicy balance with fresh acidity and soft tannins. Earth tones and thistle flower appear in the mid-palate, and a dazzling texture continues through to the end.

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