Organic wine, Malvar grape
Bright color, almost transparent. In the nose it is fresh and aromatic, hints of Apple, pear skins, and citrus. Very smooth in the palate leaving a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue coming from the carbon dioxide. The finish is somewhat bitter, characteristic of the thick skins of the Malvar grape.
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It is called the “snail” by the Italians and the “monkey tail” by the dutch, the @ symbol is the modern character used in electronic communication to indicate direction. Historically however, its origins are rooted in viticulture. First appearing in 1536, the @ symbol is seen in a letter from an Italian merchant sending wine to Spain, using @ to denote the units of wine that were shipped in large clay jars. One @ of wine was 1/13 of the barrel, valuing 70 ducados (old spanish currency). The unit of volume spread through Europe and the @ symbol was used to represent “at the rate of” or “at the Price of.”
Still today the @’s (arrobas) are seen on the clay jars in the winery, and it is the jar marked with the capacity of 243@ that Solera Bodegas uses to ferment our oldest grapes, the Malvar variety, to make 243@.
During fermentation the clay barrels are cooled to 17º C. The low temperatures allow for more aromatic wines and trap a small amount of natural carbon in the bottle.