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Quinta da Fonte Souto 2018 Branco

Fonte Outo

Regular price $21.99

2018 Branco White 90WS
Fonte Souto
Alto Alentejo, Portugal

$21.99 6+ (code 6SAVES3)

75% Arinto
25% Verdelho

This white allows for maximum expression of the Arinto, widely regarded as Portugal’s finest white grape variety and has a smaller Verdelho component.

  • Hand-picked grapes are sorted, then destemmed and gently crushed
  • Light pressing by pneumatic press
  • Fermentation begins in stainless steel vats but immediately after alcoholic fermentation commences, 60-75% of the must is transferred to large 500-litre French oak barrels to minimize the impact of the wood on the aromatics and flavors
  • The must is left in contact with the lees in order to encourage extraction of compounds that contribute complexity and structure
  • 70% of the blend was fermented in 500-litre oak barrels in contact with the lees.
  • The final blend was aged seven months in a combination of:
    • 46% new French and central European oak
    • 54% in second and third-year wood
My Tasting Note:
Cool and fresh notes of melon and white orchard fruits like red apple and bosc pear mingle with white flowers and lemon zest.  Notes of the barrel come more from the air than the wood, but both imparting a gentle, integrated influence.  The palate is harmonious, with ample acids complementing a med/med+ body and med+ flavors that confirm the nose.  Texturally this is very pleasing with a roundness and elegant weight that finishes med+ with some wisps of sea spray and minerality.

90 pts Wine Spectator
A refreshing, mineral-laced white with aromas of toast weaving through the pineapple and crisp peach flavors marked with white pepper, clove and wild herb. Solid focus and energy throughout. Arinto and Verdelho.
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