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Lapa dos Gaivoes Escolha 2012

Portugal
Per Bottle: $36.99
Per case of 12: $443.88
 
Producer: Joao Barbosa & Filos
Vintage: 2012
Production Area: Portalegre, Alentejo
Type: Red Wine
Alcohol: 14%
Description:
The estate vineyards in the Valle de Junco lie 400m above sea level.  In early September of 2012 we harvested Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Aragonez at optimum ripeness.
One of the best growing seasons we’ve experienced has produced beautifully balanced and healthy fruit that gives us this deeply coloured, intense and complex blend from hand harvested and selected grapes.  This wine is unfiltered so it will develop sediment with time.

The grapes are hand harvested when the ideal balance between maturation and freshness are achieved.  The fruit is carefully transported to the winery in 12Kg boxes.  Grape bunches are hand sorted and gravity fed into stainless steel tanks where maceration takes place for 4 days at controlled temperatures followed by an additional 10 days of fermentation and aged in French barriques for 12 months.
 
Taste: This wine shows dark berry and spice characteristics delicately framed in vanilla and spicy oak nuances. Expansive on the palate with intense dark fruit and an impressively elegant structure. Tannins are fine and the finish is tireless.
Cellaring Potential: The rich, ripe nature of the fruit make this wine approachable today but the structure and acidity suggest this wine will age for another 10-15 years.
Food Matching: Best enjoyed with slow-cooked braised meats and vegetables.

Lapa dos Gaivoes Escolha 2012

Portugal
Lapa dos Gaivoes Escolha 2012