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Staff Pick

Quinta do Avelar, Bucelas - 2014

Item # 36007 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Made from the Arinto grape, this Portuguese white wine has incredible acidity, fragrant white fruits and floral pollen. Great texture and the ability to age similar to white Burgundy. The wine ages in neutral barrels for 6 months. Natural match with smoked fish or vegetarian dishes.

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Staff Pick Notes

Arinto by any other name is not necessarily Arinto. Confusing though it may be, this is not the same grape from Vinho Verde. This is a local variety from Bucelas, Portugal's only all-white grape DOC near Lisbon. It more closely resembles Malvasia from nearby Colares. On the palate it's reminiscent of some great Loire Chenins: elegant, citrusy, silky texture, and vibrant acidity with some waxy notes. Also like Chenin this is a wine that can age. At 4 years-old, this is still in its youth, with fresh primary fruit. As it ages the bright lemon flavors will develop more into orange blossom and floral notes along with sherry-like oxidative touches. A great wine to pair with fleshier fish like hake or swordfish. Not to mention an amazing value.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


A white grape variety grown in Portugal, known for producing wines with lots of juicy citrus acidity. When a component of Vinho Verde, it is called Pedernã.


The Dão and the Douro are the most important regions as far as red Portuguese table wine is concerned. Douro wines tend to be a bit fuller and fleshier than their Dão counterparts, which are generally lighter and higher in acidity. Reds from both regions are dense, rustic, and well-balanced. They also show their terroir quite clearly, and represent a great alternative to the modern fruit-driven...

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