Up and down this wine-soaked country, Portuguese producers are making great white wines in regions you may never have heard of, from grapes you’re probably not familiar with. In Vinho Verde, Douro, Dão, Beira Atlântico, Bairrada, Lisboa and Alentejo, winemakers are turning native grape varieties like Alvarinho, Encruzado, Arinto, Viosinho and Bical into crisp, refreshing wines and full-bodied, wood-aged powerhouses. The combination of rugged Portuguese individualism—which helps keep winemakers loyal to their native grapes—and the country’s centuries-old spirit of exploration results in world-class wines. Over the years and through tasting hundreds of samples, Portugal is a great white-wine country.
Foz De Arouce Beiras Branco Sercial 2015
After a careful selection and pressing, the wine is fermented in 300 liter French oak half barrels. It then spends six months aging in barrel for additional refinement. Pale yellow in color, Quinta de Foz de Arouce Branco has aromas of fennel, citrus and honey. Soft and creamy on the palate, with flavors of limes, oranges and vanilla. This wine is well-balanced with a long finish and pairs perfectly with grilled or smoked fish.
91 pts. WE