"Nossa Calcario" Branco, Filipa Pato
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"Nossa Calcario" Branco, Filipa Pato - 2018

Item # 36714 750mL
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Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

This mineral-driven white wine from Filipa Pato is akin to top quality white Burgundy. Using the Bical grape, the wine is aged in old French oak barrels and displays a great balance between creamy richness and lean minerality.

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Staff Pick Notes

It seems as though Portuguese wines are still mysterious to American wine lovers, but there is nothing to fear in trying an unfamiliar wine. Filipa Pato's dedication to showcasing the native grapes of Portugal shows in this fantastic example of Bical. This white wine demonstrates solid weight, firm texture, and well balanced acidity. It's a natural cross over for lovers of fuller bodied Chardonnay, and easier on the wallet than many white Burgundies or California wines. Teamed with pork chops and black truffle butter, forbidden rice, and bok choy, this turned an easy going Sunday night supper into a delightful pairing surprise!


Astor's Glossary of Terms


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