DaTerra Viticultores (Laura Lorenzo) "Camino De La Frontera" Blanco 2019Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
85% Malvasía, 15% Verdejo & Puesta en Cruz. Fermented and aged in 1000 lite clay tinaja (amphora) and 500 liter chestnut barrels. Grapes come from a biodynamically, high elevation plot of old vines planted in granite soil with sandy loam.
In this wine, Laura somehow manages to mellow out the more floral and exuberant elements of Malvasía, smoothing out its edges into a wonderfully savory expression. There are still subtle elements of honeysuckle and tropical fruit, but the wine is defined by its more mineral and herbaceous flavors. This is perhaps as a result of the 14 day skin maceration the grapes get before being fermented and aged in amphora and chestnut barrels, but I think it has more to do the age of vines. This is a richly textured, but profoundly fresh expression of the Atlantic: zesty, flinty, complex and uncompromising.
[Kirk Sutherland, August 2021]