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2017 Quinta da Saudade "Palato do Coa" Branco Douro Superior

SKU #1427608

Palato do Côa started in 2008, when winemaker Carlos Magalhães and five of his friends acquired 7.5 hectares of old vines alongside 8.5 hectares of new vines. The vineyard is located right in the Upper Douro area, within the Douro region, which is not only the oldest wine region in the world, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. More specifically, the vines are planted in Muxagata, a small village in Vila Nova de Foz Côa. A place that holds one of the best terroirs in the region, combining schist soils with a unique micro climate that resonates with Carlos’ hard work. Its unique climate, with burning summers and rigorous winters, alongside a schist soil that both holds and refracts heat create the most amazing results from still wines to delicious Ports, all resulting from the hard work and man’s passion. The land has never allowed any machinery to do the people’s work. The hills are so steep and the soil so uneven that only way to make wine is to combine tradition and handcraft, which endure every year in the soul of Palato do Côa’s wines. Each bottle is the result of traditional and indigenous Douro grapes such as Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz alongisde Alicante Bouchez on reds and Rabigato, Viosinho and Códega do Larinho when it comes to white wines.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2019 | Send Email
When you think of the Douro valley you don’t think of white wine. You most likely think of Port and probably not white port. White port can be fantastic, especially with tonic, but that is for another review. White varietals have long been planted here, varietals like Viosinho, Rabigato and Codega do Larinho, which most of us have never heard of, this is one of the things that I love about Portugal. Grown in the yellow schist soils and vinified in stainless tanks this wine delivers the white expression of the valley. It is medium bodied with fresh acidity. It has all of the qualities of the reds the floral, mineral, with fresh fruit and just a hint of something wild.

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