Perfectly complex with a stony funky that is so *real* and delicious. A rosé to make your toes curl and your mouth smile :)
Always ØØ, always perfecto!
Humus Producer Profile
Humus was founded in 1999 when Rodrigo Filipe took over his family land from his father. As is often the case, the farm was much more focused on polyculture when Rodrigo's grandfather tended to it in the 1960s. Today, the focus is exclusively on viticulture, with nine hectares of vines planted on the red clay and limestone slopes surrounding the property. Arinto, Fernão Pires, and Sauvignon Blanc are planted for whites, while Touriga Nacional, Fernão Pires, Tinta Barroca, Castelão, and Syrah are planted for red wines.
Located a little less than an hour north of Lisbon, the farm feels almost otherworldly in its remoteness. The untamed grass growing freely between the rows gives the land lush energy, and the deep red of the clay adds a whimsical element of color to the environs. Rodrigo has no neighbors, permitting him to work without chemicals and promote biodiversity within his own ecosystem. Humus' microclimate is particularly cool, often resulting in low-alcohol wines for Portugal, typically between 11% and 12.5% on average.
The estate has been certified organic since 2006. Wine-wise, Rodrigo tends to ferment his juices in stainless steel before aging them in barrels, though some wines stay in stainless and others see their entire vinification and aging in barrels. After many years of experimentation, Rodrigo has completely eliminated the use of sulfur in his winemaking since 2010, making him one of the only Portuguese producers currently working this way. All the wines are declassified to Wines of Portugal.
We've been following Rodrigo's work for quite some time, and the Humus wines embody everything we look for in a new collaboration. We are excited, with the exception of California, to be able to share these with you nationally.
-Louis Dressner Selections