"I’ll be trying plenty of these under the radar wines over the coming months but today I’d like to kick things off with a small sampling of white wines from Portugal. As you may know I am a big fan of Portuguese reds. They offer great value and represent one of the last bastions of affordable, classical table wines in the marketplace. Portuguese whites are in some ways similar, but drawing as they tend to form a portfolio of unknown grapes they offer our palates new experiences, while still tending to hew closely to the traditional styles that I tend to prefer."
"A blend of Arinto Vaz and Fernão-Pires And now for something completely different. This offers up aromas of quinine and medicine, with great big dried grass notes and sweetly oxidized aromas of fermenting apples and a touch of pine with a butcher’s wax topnote of volatility. In the mouth this tells a different story, fresh, edgy and bright with fine acids supporting clean, if slightly simple fruit but on the backend the aromas from the nose come into play adding in nuances of aged fruit and a touch of a hoppy floral character. The finish is long and precise, with much of the odd character dissipating, replaced by subtle sandy mineral notes and a fine edge of slightly creamy citrus fruit. A bit of an oddball of a wine but not without appeal."
May 8, 2014 Gregory Dal Piaz
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