2016 Xisto CRU Tinto Red 750 ml

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93 Points - "The 2016 Tinto "Xisto Cru" is a field blend (35%), plus roughly 20% Rufete, 15% Touriga Franca, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Tinta Carvalha and various others making up the rest. It was aged for 22 months in used French oak and comes in at only 12.7% alcohol. This was sourced this year only from the old vines of Ervedosa do Douro due to mildew attacks in Covas do Douro. Darker in flavor than the Indie Xisto and without its very lively feel, this has a bit more obvious oak and is surprisingly approachable—at first. As it sits, it shows off a surprisingly long finish nuanced with beef and herbs. Plus, air brings out serious power on the finish and a hint of tartness that enlivens the wine. The structure is excellent. This is very fine, but I don't find it quite as striking as the fruitier 2015, granting that they are not both here. They will both age very well. It will be fun comparing—this is certainly built to age and improve." - Wine Advocate (Aug 2019)

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