A pure expression of the Arinto grape sourced from 26-year-old vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon, this refreshing white is vinified in stainless steel vats and aged for 5 months on the lees before bottling. Buy this wine if you like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Chenin Blanc.
A slow fermentation taking 27 days allows for the development of floral and citrus aromatics and the 5 months on the lees softens the bracing acidity of the Arinto grape.
Bright lemon yellow in color with a freshly aromatic nose of citrus and tropical fruits, Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto boasts lively acidity and a lingering finish.
Pairs well with fresh salads, grilled white fish, and roasted chicken.
Varietal composition: 100% Arinto
Soil composition: Calcareous and Clay
Training method: Guyot
Elevation: 825 feet
Exposure: Northern / Southern
Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation: no
Type of aging container: Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling: 6 months
91 pts Wine Advocate
The 2017 Arinto is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. In bottle about 90 days when tasted, this was in good shape. Chocapalha consistently overachieves with this inexpensive Arinto, and this is another fine vintage. Showing beautiful tension and fine concentration for the level, this is focused, tightly wound, fresh and persistent. I hate to sound like a broken record, but this one, the 2016 and 2015 all seem to be on par. You certainly won't be disappointed at this price level.