‘Insurgente’ Vinho Tinto, Dão 2016In terms of people and wine, this project of Francisco’s is seeking to distinguish itself from what many consider good enough, fine, and appropriate. The questions one must ask: “Why go just far enough when the option to excel is at hand? “ When it comes to what you drink, how is anything ok to be compared to those bottles we recall as great wines?” “I would like to make a great wine,” says Francisco. And so he did just that. Influenced by the harsh microclimate of the Serra da Estrela and Serra da Caramulo, Insurgente Dao Tinto delivers us the all the rawness of the dry mountain summer sun…and all the granitic tension and purity of fruit one can mine there. Leaving the wine unoaked was perfect punctuation.
João Silva e Sousa and Francisco Baptista
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Touring Nacional, Alfrocheiro
Granite, Granitic Sand
Practicing organic (no use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides).
Harvested in 22 kg boxes. De-stemmed and lightly crushed, 12 hours pre-maceration fermentation via wild yeast in concrete lagares; post-fermentation maceration in stainless steel over 90 days (naturally fermented, with minimal intervention.)