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Niepoort Dialogo Douro Branco
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Niepoort Dialogo Douro Branco 2016

Douro Superior, Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThis youthful white may show a comic on the label, but make no mistake, this is a serious wine, from one of the world's top winemakers, Dirk Niepoort. From schistous, mica-flecked vineyards on the right bank of the Douro, between 550-700m, this blend of indigenous Portuguese white grapes is native fermented in a split between stainless and older French barriques (30 percent), no MLF, where it remains for eight months. In 2016, the blend is 20-50 year old rabigato, códega do larinho, gouveio, dona branca, viosinho, bical and others. Tight, mineral-laced green fig, lemon thistle, meadow herbs and fine salts over a creamy bed of lees, all youthful and highly quaffable. This line of Fabulous Wines (Branco and Tinto) are sold worldwide, the scale of which makes this wine even more impressive -- especially considering the price.Tasted: 19 April 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: QC 17.00 SAQ BC 25.00 private wine stores Producer: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.Distributors: Vintage Corks Limited
Blend: Rabigato - Códega do Larinho - Gouveio - Donzelinho - ViosinhoCSPC: 606186UPC: 5602840055698