2010 Luis Pato Vinas Velhas White Beiras

SKU #1108611 Jancis Robinson

 Bical, Cerceal, Sercialinho. Bical on clay-limestone soil. Cerceal and Sercialinho on sandy soil. Unoaked. Cedary citrus on the nose and o n the palate. A creamy texture opening up to lemon and apricot fruit with that cedary character on the aftertaste. Terrific freshness and energy. Just a baby. 17/20 points.  (3/2013)

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Luis Pato, aka "Senhor Baga" for his mastery of the tough to tame red Baga, is something of a Portuguese legend. He makes incredible, age worthy but initially somewhat hard red wines, as well as a delicious sparkler from the Maria Gomes grape which many of our customers have enjoyed. This white is composed of 50% Bical, 30% Sercial, and 20% Sercialinho (a hybrid grape consisting of Arinto and Alvarinho) and is very mineral, elegant, and dare I say Burgundian. Creamy, rounded citrus aromas, with a hint of Chablis-like minerality lead to a palate consistent with all of those notes. The wine shows amazing texture and will develop more complexity with some bottle age as well. Intriguing stuff, and a great value in ageworthy, serious white wine.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2012 | Send Email
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Luis Pato also creates stunning, ageworthy white wines from indigenous blends— the 2010 Vinhas Velhas White, Regional Beiras ($17.99), made from equal parts Bical and Cerceal, with 20% Sercialinho carries only 12.5% ABV, possessing the textural body and poise of a Premier Cru Meursault, with bracing notes of lemony citrus, peach and flint followed by a delicate tang of acidity on the beautiful finish.
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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5