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2018 Alberto Orte "Escalada Do Sil" Valdeorras Red Blend

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THE EXOTIC HERITAGE REDS OF ALBERTO ORTE

Alberto Orte makes wine across Spain, with projects in Yecla, Rioja, Jerez, and Valdeorras. His common theme is reclaiming history- recreating the wines that existed in Spain before the Marqueses & Condes dominated production. His wines aren't overtly natural, often tasting remarkably fresh and polished but there is an obsession with reviving ancient varieties & terroirs that most business minded winemakers would rather not touch.

Hence, these two miniscule production wines from the sheer cliffs of Valdeorras. We only received six bottles of each of these wines and think they are true pinnacles of deep-cut rediscovered Spain. - WP


The Escalada do Sil comes from tiny parcels of granite & slate soils all between 1,600 & 2,500 ft elevation along the Sil river in the town of Larouco. Vines are cropped at a third of the area's average yields and the surprising blend features 60% Merenzao (aka Trousseau) with 30% Mencia & 10% Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet). After 15 months in 500L French barrels, the result feels like a remarkably sunny take on Juran Trousseau. Bright black cherry, lilac, cola, and rose mingle with Mencia's distinct pepperiness.

How do I pick up my wine?

Orders are generally ready within 1-3 business days, but you can always email or call us for a status update. 

Need your wine fast? Just call us! We can expedite the order and may have it ready in less than an hour.

After checking out, you will receive a pickup confirmation email when the order has been pulled and packed. You can pickup your wine at our shop at 2301 Portsmouth Street in Upper Kirby, Houston. For more information, or if you need your wine more quickly, reach out to us at info@aocselections.com and we will do everything we can to accomodate.