Dominó Red 2012
Salão Frio is a small village at 750 metres altitude in the middle of Serra de S. Mamede Nature Park. It is rich in vineyards for home consumption. The vineyard that dominates the picturesque village is about 60 years old and has two slopes. One totally facing south and the other facing north. The meeting of both combines the smoother maturation of the first with a richer maturation of the second.
2011 was a very balanced year. It rained at the right time, the spring was beautiful and the summer was very dry but without excessive heat, balanced and mild. The harvest was delayed for a week and held on 10 September. 20% without destemming was placed at the bottom of a stainless steel vat, topped with the remaining 80% destemmed, but without the bottom layer being crushed. The idea was to promote very natural fermentation without the control of temperatures, although the vat is in a naturally cool place, and without too much and forced extraction. It was in contact with the solids until the end of October, and was then pressed and transferred to used barrels of French Allier oak, where it remained for 15 months.
Hints of coal, schist, green fruit and vegetable aromas, typical of vines growing at altitude. Dry tannins and acidity, with the blend of old vines marking the classic and austere flavour of grapes that have not been over-ripened and with the smooth alcohol very well integrated.
Store and serve advices
Storage Lying down at a temperature of 15°C. Serve at a temperature of 16°C to 18ºC.
Accompanies game dishes, such as boar, rabbit and hare.
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