Quinta da Raza Dom Diogo Vinho Verde 2019
We have been following and loving Portughese wines, both whites and reds for the last couple of years. This is a new white find with very limited inventory, so come and get it ASAP! Located inland in the Vinho Verde region, Quinta da Raza is the home and passion of Jose Diogo and Mafalda Teixeira Coelho. Quinta da Raza has a unique terroir created by the gentle slopes and exposure to the sun. The soil benefits from its granite origins with areas of schist and clay. It has a microclimate created by the mountains in the west and the valley of the Tamega river which prevents the influence of the Atlantic winds. The valley creates a shelter resulting in less rain and a greater temperature range. The vineyards are subject to more sun than perhaps other vineyards in the Vinho Verde Region, which are important factors for the development of the vines. Moreover, the average altitude of Quinta da Raza is 820 feet, which corresponds to the best average altitude suited for growing grapes.
Arinta is made of a white Portugese grape variety documented mainly along coastal vineyards surrounding Bucelas and Lisbon. Arinto shows marked citrus qualities with more stone fruit as it ages. Aged in stainless steel, this 2019 Dom Diogo was the most delicious Vinho Verde we have ever tasted!
|Region||Portugal, Vinho Verde|
|Brand||Quinta da Raza|
Wine & SpiritsArinto was once notable for creating long-lived white wines in Bucelas. Here, at an estate in the inland hills of Vinho Verde, it grew a deliciously ripe 2019 with "fruit off the charts" as one taster said, pointing to the canteloupe, citrus and star fruit flavors he found in the wine. For me it was more like drippingly juicy pear cleaned up by the malic acidity of green apples. Then it ends on the savor of raw almonds. It's compellingly drinkable, a stony white that's waiting for a place next to Dungeness crab, as it shares that same pale buttery savor.