Quinta da Gaivosa 10 Anos white (DOC Porto)

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Quinta da Gaivosa is one of the 6 properties (the first by the way) of Alves de Sousa wineries, one of the most established Portuguese projects. Its 130 hectares have raised this family (now in the 5 generations) and its greatest promoter, Domingo Alves de Sousa, to be named two times producer of the year (1999 and 2006). But there is all a history behind, in 90's Domingo rises to fame for the quality of his work. Quinta da Gaivosa is the first and original family property, with an excellent shale land that will host white varieties to vinify them in 2006 and leave on the market a decade later as Vintage White Port.

An old gold color with amberish reflections. Short and slow tears that announces its glyceric power (19.5 % vol.). On the nose, a highly complexity highlighting orange peel, chocolate, empyreumatics and loft notes typical of a 10-years aging. Then old Armagnac typical aromas. A sweet and powerful entry in mouth. A good density development together with ripe citrus (especially orange), bonbon, smoked aromas and the full range mouthfeel of a long aging. Finish where those Cognac memories return with a spicy plot putting a great persistence.

High Douro, the best area for Porto-Douro wine, has in its westernmost part the Baixo-Corgo sub-area with an even more positive climate for viticulture. Is there, in BC, where three types of white castas were harvested as the base for this White Port 10: Malvasía, Gouveio and Viosinho (with Rabigato the 4 main white grapes for Porto Branco). The work in the cellar continues with a short skin maceration being related with the final color. A good job with an exceptional value for money around $ 38.24. With this Porto Branco we toast for that Domingo can be again producer of the year in Portugal. Cheers, caralho!

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