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Raúl Moreno Dark and Stormy

$46.00

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Vintage: 2021
Region: Andalucía, Spain
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Tintilla

Raúl Moreno Dark and Stormy is an Atlantic wine that sits halfway through between southern Spain and northern Portugal in style. Brisk and intense, with delicious peppery, plum notes and a surprising mix of bitter and sweet cocoa flavors, but smooth and elegant. The grapes are stomped on foot for a period of 5 to 7 hours in open Mastelone tanks until the must creates a paste and all the seeds float to the surface. The rest of the extraction is very gentle, pumping over daily every morning and night with a pump at a very low moderate speed and for 15 minutes. The cap is kept directly covered with a sheet of food-grade plexiglass to promote evapotranspiration and therefore keep the skins always wet. Maceration of 14 days. Without corrections, without additives, without added yeasts, and it is not filtered. Aging in barrels of second and third-year use of Taransaud. 8 months in barrel and one month in stainless steel tank. Slight SO2 addition of 50 ppm.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Natty

FRUIT

Black Plum, Red Plum

BODY

Medium-bodied

ALCOHOL

12-13%

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Medium

SWEETNESS

Dry

SERVING TEMP

Room Temperature (63°–67°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Vegan

IMPORTER

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Raúl Moreno Dark and Stormy

Raúl Moreno Dark and Stormy is an Atlantic wine that sits halfway through between southern Spain and northern Portugal in style. Brisk and intense, with delicious peppery, plum notes and a surprising mix of bitter and sweet cocoa flavors, but smooth and elegant. The grapes are stomped on foot for a period of 5 to 7 hours in open Mastelone tanks until the must creates a paste and all the seeds float to the surface. The rest of the extraction is very gentle, pumping over daily every morning and night with a pump at a very low moderate speed and for 15 minutes. The cap is kept directly covered with a sheet of food-grade plexiglass to promote evapotranspiration and therefore keep the skins always wet. Maceration of 14 days. Without corrections, without additives, without added yeasts, and it is not filtered. Aging in barrels of second and third-year use of Taransaud. 8 months in barrel and one month in stainless steel tank. Slight SO2 addition of 50 ppm.

About Raúl Moreno

Raúl Moreno Yague, a native of Sevilla by birth, has spent his career in wine thus far gaining cutting-edge experience all around the world. Think of him as a multifaceted Renaissance man: Winemaking in Australia, Spain, and Portugal. For a time in 2014, he was also an assistant winemaker at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. Cooking in Marco Pierre White’s Mirabelle kitchen, and a stage at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas before opening his own restaurant with a partner. He has obtained a Masters in Viticulture and has gone on to teach and lecture all around the world teaching. Even awarded the former “Sommelier Of The Year” (The Age Good Food, 2017). He also currently is the Captain of the Spanish National Blind Tasting Team (who even knew that existed?!) We assure you, his resumé is as dynamic as he is! Saying that he is committed to food and wine in every aspect is an understatement.

Through all of his work, he gained expertise in organic farming, biodynamics, and permaculture. His willingness to do things differently (whether that’s experimenting with flor, extended skin maceration, multi-region blends, or the use of different amphora) helped him to launch his own projects in 2017 with Vinos Oceanicos. Raúl was attracted to the wines and older vines of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Puerto de Santa Maria, Jerez, and Rota. His first releases were of stellar textural whites, orange wines, and light, fresh reds that seem to defy the regional staples that typically focus on sherry making and often (in the past) lackluster table wines.

Raúl was persistent with local vineyard owners and has managed to eke out a collection of older vines that contribute to this project. Local white and red varieties are the mainstays. Grapes undergo various winemaking approaches that include skin fermentation, fermentation in locally-made amphora, and maturation under flor yeast (like sherry and Jura wine) with a period of maturation in used Manzanilla and Amontillado barrels. The resulting wines are striking, different, and excellent. Both red and white (and orange) are zinging with minerality, textural, and beautiful saline freshness. Wildly unique and singular expressions, we are excited to see what Raúl has up his sleeves and thirsty to try everything he shows us!

Wines made in Sherry country from old, organic vines, often in locally made amphora, with no additions at all – good on paper, better in the glass.