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COZs "vm-Castelão" '18


COZs "vm-Castelão" '18

The perfect summer red from our friends Tiago Teles and António Marquez da Cruz has arrived.

As many of you know, the dynamic duo of Tiago and António joined forces a few years back to produce a wine from a special vineyard at Quinta dos Cozinheiros. Soon another opportunity emerged that the duo could not pass up. They fell in love with Serra de Montejunto, a gorgeous, forested limestone mount range approximately an hour drive north of Lisbon.

Their first wine from this area was a white produced from the local Vital grape. In 2018 they sourced some young-vine Castelão from Quinta da Murta, located just 8 kilometers away from the Atlantic. "vm-Castelão" is the resulting wine. Like all of COZs wines, it is fermented with natural yeast in 1000 liter old oak barrels, and then pressed and aged for 11 months in old French oak barrels.

If you haven't tried a lot of Castelão, it has become well-known over the last few years in Portugal for its ability to produce fresh, low alcohol red wines. While we find that to be a good generalization, the "vm-Castelão" is so much more.

Beautiful nose, showing notes of dried cranberry, sour cherry, and baking spices. In the mouth it is fresh, with good acidity, more red fruit flavors, mineral, and savory herbs. 

Give it a slight chill, put it in your picnic basket and please direct thank you notes to Tiago and António.




Producer COZs de Montexuntos
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Castelão


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