2019 Soito Wines Encruzado, Dao, Portugal (750ml)

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Soito was founded in 2013 by two teachers—José Carlos and Sandra Soares—who were inspired to produce unique wines that mirrored their passion for Dão wines. The project started in Quinta do Soito with about ten hectares, of which seven are planted to vineyards, located in the town of Tibalde. The conditions there are ideal for winegrowing. Nestled between the Serras do Caramulo, Montemuro, Buçaco and Estrela Mountain ranges, the carefully tended vineyards are shielded from the wind, allowing for the full and even ripening of the grapes. Soito Wines’ mission remains focused on sustainable wine production and promoting wine tourism in Dão.

A blend of 90% Encruzado and 10% Malvasia Fina, the grapes underwent vinification in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for three weeks. The resulting wine was partially aged in French oak barrels with bâtonnage for 4 months. Encruzado is native to the Dão, and is not widely planted outside of the region, even in Portugal. The wines it produces are often compared to fine Chardonnay from Burgundy and the new world.

Pleasing aromas of grapefruit peel, lemon zest and almonds. Very light on the oak, unlike many other Encruzados. More Chablis-like, in fact, with bracing acidity and fresh green apple and pear flavors. Crisp and refreshing with a beautiful wet flint mineral note and an interesting saline flourish on the finish.

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