Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto 2018
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.
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The 2018 Arinto is unoaked, very dry and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Sensually textured, lively and fresh, this just dances across the palate. It has sappy and succulent fruit just now—it was only in bottle a few months when seen—but it should evolve nicely with time and acquire more complexity. You might not expect this relatively delicate and fresh white to age well, but Arinto does age, and the winery has a good track record. It might even do better than anticipated. It not only holds, but it develops and acquires complexity. Let's say this is optimistic, but I don't expect to be disappointed on this understated white. There were 31,317 bottles produced, plus 213 magnums.
Lisboa is the home of Arinto, and in this wine it shines with complete freshness and crispness. The vivacious character of the wine is refreshing; it just needs a few months to settle down. So drink from 2020. Best Buy.
Originally acquired in the 1980’s, the 110 acres of nearly abandoned vineyards discovered on the estate dated back to the 16th century; the family immediately embarked on an investment program to replant and regraft the vines with the thriving varietals of the area, both indigenous and international. In 2000, the new plantings had reached optimal maturity when Sandra Tavares, the youngest daughter made her first debut as a winemaker, passionate and eager to produce wine with only the best grapes found on the estate.
Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.
While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.
The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.
Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.
The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.