João Pires, "Melanina", Douro Branco
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João Pires, "Melanina", Douro Branco - 2020

Item # 48878 750mL

This dry white from the Upper Douro is a blend of two parcels vinified separately. The first is 80 year-old Donzelinho, Gouveio, and Malvasia whole cluster fermented in both used oak and cement tanks, Then 15 year-old Arino is pressed and left on the skins for 5 days in lagar, before fermenting in amphora. Pair this medium-bodied white with sapateira recheada.

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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 style. Vinho Verde is Portugal’s most famous white wine. Literally translated as "green wine," it...

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