Alfaiate, Herdade do Portocarro
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Organic

Alfaiate, Herdade do Portocarro - 2018

Item # 41990 750mL
$29.96/ Single Bottle
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$179.76 $161.78/ Case of 6
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

A savory and saline white wine with weight and texture from six months aging in neutral barrel. Great citrus flavors and minerality alongside the savory aspect. The vineyard is situated next to northern Alentejo but is technically still part of Setúbal. Fermented with indigenous yeast.


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Staff Pick Notes

I almost took home a bottle of saké but this bottle caught my eye. At the time, I thought I was compromising. Setúbal is a little known wine region on a peninsula not too far south from Lisbon. Arinto and Antão Vaz are the two varieties in this wine. The lighter Arinto contributes fresh citrus notes and minerality while Antão Vaz contributes body, structure, and tropical/stone fruit notes. Herdade do Portocarro's Alfaiate actually reminds me of saké. Citrus, minerals, wet stones, a touch of the sea, and a distinct koji-like note. Often we hear saké compared to wine, usually as a tool to familiarize drinkers with unknown beverages, but Alfaiate offers us the inverse.

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Arinto

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.

Portugal

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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