2015 Casa de Paços Minho Blanco Superior, Vinho Regional, Portugal
This dry white is the recreation by Quinta de Paços of the ancient blend that was produced and drunk by the family for several decades.
It is a blend of 4 typical grape varieties in this region of Northern Portugal: Alvarinho, Arinto, Fernão Pires and Loureiro.
The Alvarinho grapes came from the Casa do Capitão-Mor vineyards (Quinta da Boavista) where the soil has a granitic origin, calcareous-alkaline, covered with rolled pebbles.
The other grape varieties came from the estates of Quinta da Cotovia, Quinta de Vila Meã and Quinta de Paços, all in Barcelos. Soils are mainly granitic and partially with schist is Quinta de Vila Meã.
This ‘Superior’ Portuguese white comes in a very bright lemon-yellow color, so bright and shiny it looks almost artificial like some kind of chemical product: unusual but looking good and vibrant. Tiny little bubbles sticking to the glass suggest a touch of Co2’s left in the wine.
The nose is fresh and surprises with an intense lemon aroma. Exuberant and vibrant to smell, it’s also floral, with hints of vegetal acacia leave, and some fennel-like spice.
Good fresh acidity, rounded up by a mid-body and moderately oily texture. Dry and crisp, it is full of fresh refreshing flavors, solid flavor intensity, good length on some enjoyable bitters to the finish.
A very pleasing, thirst-satisfying white, full of freshness and vibrant citrusy and floral flavors. It does also have depth from solid concentration, variety of flavors and a good persistence.
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The Color of this Minho Blanco Superior