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Casa da Passarella O Fugitivo em Curtimenta Branco 2016

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A light color wine. There is a long, elegant finish that displays the wine's great complexity.

Serve with fat fish dishes and white meats.

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The 2016 Branco O Fugitivo em Curtimenta is an unoaked and very dry field blend from old vines coming in at 13% alcohol. The key here is the skin contact (curtimenta). This has a darker flavor profile (and slightly darker color) than the more normal whites. It adds plenty of power—that, I find, tends to happen with this style. In power, it is almost like a red. It is velvety and precise as well. As it warms, it adds waves of flavor, leading to a conclusion that is intense both in structure and in fruit. This burly white very definitely needs food. Concentrated and gripping, this should age very well, maybe more than anticipated.
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Casa de Passarella is based in Dao, one of Portugal’s most promising wine regions. The region is quickly gaining international wine media attention as improvements in production and marketing have helped the region to start shining. The top Dao wines are now some of the most highly rated in Europe, winning consistent praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Producing some of the country’s most dignified and mineral-driven red wines, Dão is positioned in north central Portugal where granite mountains surround and shelter the region from any Atlantic maritime influence. Summers are long and warm; winters see abundant rainfall.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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