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August Mixed Dozen 2017 - Duero to Duro

August Mixed Dozen 2017 - Duero to Duro
Selected by Sebastian Zotti

Come take a trip along the Douro-Duero Continuum ... one of the world's greatest wine rivers has two names! In the Extreme Continental high plains of Soria, Rio Duero is born and soon carves out the valley we know is the Ribera del Duero appellation. Here, Tempranillo comes in the form of Tinto Fino, with small tannic blue berries. These wines have the possibility of mixing dark cherry with tobacco and violet, marked by kelp (once these soils uplifted at 850-1050 metres were an ancient seabed.) As the Duero wanders its way roughly east, it confirms 3 more regions in Spain. Cigales with light poor soils give us elegant easy and fresh Tempranillo-Garnacha blends. Then the high altitude stony sand of Rueda becomes a white only appellation, based on its native Verdejo - coming in a delicious 'classic dry white' style based on soft natural acidity. Lastly, Toro. Extreme Continental! Blistering heat. Despicably cold winters. Tinta de Toro is a Tempranillo family variety with great juice full of gravelly tannin, powerful but fresh with good acidity.

Then, we hit Portugal and the Duero gets a badge change. Here called the Douro, it is now a big, slow, deep winding old river and just inside Portugal it gives birth to the Douro Valley. Here is a double appellation: Douro reds are fabulously blue note, rich and powerful but cut with fresh super mineral and soft acidity from the slate in which the fruit is grown. The same fruit is also made into residually sweet fortified reds known as Port.

Finally this includes a a can of the best anchovies from the Cantabrian Sea!

Take a trip along the continuum. This is one of the best value dozens we've offered with $370 of wine (and anchovies) for $260