2007 Caves Velhas Arinto Bucelas

SKU #1130053 Wine Enthusiast

 Pure Arinto, this wine brings lemon and pineapple flavors together, giving freshness and fruitiness. It is soft, open, the yellow fruit flavors offering some richness, while the citrus leaves a crisp, clean taste. Fine as an apéritif.  (8/2009)

K&L Notes

Produced from Arinto grapes grown in vineyards located close to Lisbon, near the Atlantic coast, this lovely wine shows the surprising ability of this brisk, fresh Portuguese white to age. At nearly six years after the vintage, this wine is absolutely singing right now, with stone fruit aromas showing a hint of petrol, all leading to a palate of terrific depth, with peach pit and lime flavors combining for something resembling a middle aged, dry Riesling. Perhaps not a surprising similarity, as historically this wine was once referred to in Victorian era London as "Portuguese hock" (hock of course denoting a dry white wine of German origin). This is a cool wine for a very reasonable price! (Joe Manekin, K&L Portuguese and Spanish wine buyer)

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