Palhete

Portugal
Douro
2021

75% native red varieties/25% white varieties. From a single hectare of 40-year-old vines, a field blend of red and white varieties, planted at almost 2000 feet in elevation on a schistous, north-facing hillside in the Douro. The bunches are co-harvested by hand and partly destemmed. The mix of berries and whole clusters macerates just long enough to take on a clear, pale red color. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank, where the wine is also aged on its fine lees for 11 months, followed by a year in bottle. "Palhete" is Portuguese for the British term "claret", historically applied to the very pale, not-quite-red wines of Bordeaux wines in earlier centuries; it indicates a blend just like this, of a light, fresh, chillable wine of mainly red but including white varieties. 170-case production. 

SKU/Code: 
DB4702-21
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Tinta Roriz/Touriga Nacional
Farming Type: 
Sustainable