2011 Navazos-Niepoort Palomino Vino Blanco

SKU #1325345 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Navazos-Niepoort Vino Blanco is an unfortified Palomino Fino fermented in cask from a single vineyard. It offers a fascinating bouquet with subtle oxidative notes combining beautifully with light resinous aromas. The palate is well-balanced with a crisp, walnut tinged entry, crisp acidity and a lovely, slightly abrupt yeasty finish. This is very fine. (NM)  (8/2013)

Wine Spectator

 The toasted almond and dried pear flavors have the character of a fino Sherry but the weight and freshness of a table wine. Chamomile and citrus notes add interest to this distinctive white. (TM, Web Only-2014)

K&L Notes

Navazos-Niepoort is a project created by the Equipo-Navazos winery, which is renowned for fashioning some of the most sought-after sherries in the world. Dirk Niepoort is one of the most famous winemakers in Portugal. His winery, Niepoort, fashions outstanding Ports and dry red and white wines from top vineyards in Portugal. In the project that produced this wine, Dirk Niepoort teamed up with Quim Vila to make a vin jaune-styled wine from Palomino grapes. Vin Jaune (“yellow wine”) is a wine that’s similar to sherry and is made in the Jura region of France. With his extensive background in fortified wines, it was only a matter of time before Dirk Niepoort became interested in sherries and vin jaunes. The Palomino grape’s low sugar and acidity levels, and the way it oxidizes, make it ideal for fortified wines. Vin Jaune lends itself to certain flavor profiles, including nuttiness and petrol notes. The 2011 Navazos-Niepoort Palomino Vin Blanco Spain is a great example of a Vin Jaune-styled wine. It has inviting aromas of walnut, smoke and poached apricot. The palate is lively and dry with slight oxidative notes that give the wine a light and airy feel. Pair this wine with Marcona almonds, cheeses or shellfish.

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