Atlántida Tintilla

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Winemaker Notes

Dusty albariza chalk lies beneath aromas of Italian plum and dried black cherry, accented by dried green herbs like rosemary and sage. The nose shows hints of sea breeze and a distinct, almost bloody minerality like that found in bluefin tuna. After opening up, wild fruits (frutas del bosque) emerge. The nose is intense and powerful, yet the palate is light, lifted, and incredibly pretty. The acidity is mouthwatering and the wine is truly persistent and lingering. The tannins are completely integrated without being overly soft. The wine shows restrained red and black fruit flavors, candied violet, and rooibos, with hints of oregano and Darjeeling tea on the finish.

Wine Information

Atlántida is an impressive red wine hailing from Spain’s most historic grape growing region of Jerez, most famous for its solera aging system of sherry. However, what is seldom spoken of are the astounding vineyard sites blanketing the region, where nearly forgotten grape varieties are grown. These noteworthy vineyards are producing some of the finest wines of Spain today. While historically, Jerez had more than 80 different red and white grape varieties planted when phylloxera devastated the area, the trend shifted quickly to focus attention in the vineyard on the replanting and cultivation of one very productive strain of Palomino, the workhorse of Jerez and the base grape for dry sherry. However, one of the most interesting varieties of the pre-phylloxera era is Tintilla, a long-cycling, small grape. Through careful analysis, we have discovered that Tintilla is the ideal grape variety to transport the mineral-laden, salty, chalky characteristics of the albariza soil in which it is grown in the coastal terrain of Jerez. Tintilla vines require meticulous cultivation, and production is very limited.

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