2018 Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Tinto

Luis Seabra |Douro |Red Blend
One of the most exciting dry table wine projects in the Douro. Luis Seabra is setting the region on fire at the moment. Check out this delicious red blend to see what he's all about.
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Luis Seabra spent a decade as winemaker at Douro benchmark producer, Niepoort, crafting some of the region's most acclaimed wines.

Eventually the time came for him to step out on his own and his eponymous label was born in 2012. Since then, the acclaim has been universal for his vibrant, modern expressions of Douro table wines. He's one of the hottest names on the cutting edge of the region.

This red blend is made with traditional techniques - some whole bunch, some foot-stomping, of a bunch of different varieties from different terraced 30-60 year old vineyards across the valley.

The beauty is in the blend, where exotic spices and sweet plump fruits come together in perfect harmony. This is a belter. A wine with bucket-loads of personality.

In the Douro region where there are numerous varieties planted in different types of terraces, slopes or flat areas, schist is the common denominator, vineyards based on schist slopes that have no end. This is the starting point for the Xisto Ilimitado, a search that tries to express the different wine-growing areas which have their own character, regardless of the varieties to which it refers.

From the areas of Cotas and Ervedosa do Douro, we used vineyards aged between 35 and 60 years, planted in Patamares and large terrace above the 400 m. Although Luis should not refer the word Douro because this specific year the wine was not approved has DOP Douro.

Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
Blend: Rufete, Touriga Franca, Tinta Carvalha, Alicante Bouchet, Donzelinho, Malvasia Negra
ABV: 12%
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17 Points - "Deep cherry red with soft purplish rim. Delicate and yet beautifully fragrant aroma, dark fruited, a touch peppery, really pure and stony, with a light floral note as it opened up on the next day. I would not have guessed it was 100% whole bunch. On the palate, the tannins perhaps show the stems a little more but they are extremely fine even if quite present. Dry, refined and fresh on the persistent finish." - Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)

93 Points - "Perfume, raspberry, something like wet leaves, some pepper. Medium-bodied, fine-boned, raspberry and sour-cherry strewn with herbs, fine pumice stone tannin, fresh cranberry acidity, and a lively finish. Lovely. Needs a little more time." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    Very ordinary

    This was not as described by the experts. Maybe there was something wrong with it - heat affected, corked?

    But tasted quite acidic with no finish or after-taste much like a cheap wine. Very disapointing as I enjoyed many loverly wines when I visited Portugal a few years ago.

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