Azores Wine Company 2017 Arinto dos Acores, Pico DO
Item Number: 12220
Sub Region: Pico
Appellation/AVA: Pico DO
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Volcanic basalt
Elevation: 164 ft
Case Production: 250
Terroir Notes: The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores is home to a winemaking tradition that dates back to its colonization in the 15th century, wherein viticulture was introduced by Franciscan friars. This group of islands is home to a singular terroir and microclimate, one that draws close comparison to the island of Santorini.
Like Santorini, the Azores are volcanic islands comprised entirely of black basalt. Pico, the main wine producing island where these vineyards are located, has such poor soil that the vineyard needs to be supplemented with soil from neighboring islands to support vine growth, and even with that, the yields are a fraction of what they are in the rest of the DOC.
Arinto dos Açores is a varietal indigenous to the Azores that shares the acidity and potential for longevity of the mainland varietal that shares its name; however, the two are not related.
Winemaking Notes: Arinto dos Acores is a micro-production wine from the tiny island of Pico in the Azores. The fruits come from vines planted between 1984-2004, tended in volcanic basalt at sea level. Grapes were manually harvested to 40kg baskets and put through heavy triage before being whole-bunch pressed. The juice was then decated for 12 hours and left to ferment in temperature controlled (vertical and horizontal) stainless steel tank.
Tasting Note: This wine has big acidity, but fine fruit as well. It shows good concentration, tension on the finish and a certain stemness.