Quinta do Vallado Branco 2008

White Blends from Portugal

Item No. 104940
  • white wine
  • RP90
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Winemaker's Notes

This unique white blend features melon on the nose, with flowers and mature fruit aromas. The palate is fresh, with great minerality, well-balanced and persistent, with pronounced citrus notes.

The grapes come from Estate vineyards. After handpicking, destemming and a very soft pressing, fermentation takes place for nearly one month at temperatures varying between 14 and 16 Celsius. Ninety percent of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for five months before final blending and bottling, with the raining 10% is aged in new French Oak 225 litre barriques for the same period.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 BRANCO is a blend of Rabigato (40%), Arinto (27%), Viosinho (18%), Gouveio (12%) and Codega (3%), 90% aged in stainless steel. This is a lovely Branco, steely, stonewashed, clean and pure, with lemon-lime notes on the finish. It wakes up the palate and grips it. It provides some value for the dollar. This is the type of wine that will be most exhilarating young. It may hold. It may show ok with a few years on it. But it will only be at its best in its youngest incarnations—like now. So, pop those corks. There were 10,000 cases produced. Drink now-2011."
90 Points

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