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Niepoort Diálogo Douro Brancotext
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Niepoort Diálogo Douro Branco 2019

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), with no MLF, and remains there for eight months. The blend is 20-50 year old rabigato, códega do larinho, gouveio, dona branca, viosinho, bical and others. Lean and light, this dances on the palate with quince blossoms, pear skin, green fig, green apple, with a bitter lemon pith, and an ever-present wash of salinity throughout. Smashable.Tasted: 22 June 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 25.00 private wine stores ON 18.95 consignment Producer: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.Distributors: Vintage Corks Limited
Le Sommelier Inc.
Blend: Rabigato - Códega do Larinho - Gouveio - Donzelinho - ViosinhoCSPC: 606186UPC: 5602840055698