Vivacious Portuguese White - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Vivacious Portuguese White

Husband-and-wife team Sandra Tavares da Silva and Jorge Serôdio Borges are the owners and winemakers of the Douro estate. (Courtesy of Wine & Soul)

This wine’s dynamic flavors gain their freshness from a north-facing granite hillside in the Pinhão Valley. You might find coriander, white peach, white cherry and green mango, just as you might find a mix of varieties in this field blend of 52-year-old vines—including gouveio, viosinho, rabigato and códega do larinho. Sandra Tavares and Jorge Serôdio Borges ferment the fruit and age it in stainless steel, letting it rest on the lees for six months, allowing this fragrant, bone-dry white to let its mineral ties to the soil last through the layers of fruit. Match its verve to seared diver scallops or a wood-oven roasted sea bass.


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