Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Brancho 2005

Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas 2005Luis Pato is one of the leading players in the DO Bairrada, he has been leading the way with modern techniques and equipment with a number of ingenious varieties.  Apparently the Bairrada DO has such a poor name in the market that Luis now labels most of his wine under a regional appleation of Beiras.  Pato mean duck in both Portuguese and Spanish, so there is an image of a duck on all of his labels.  Luis the duck, sounds like a '20s mobster.  Nice.

This wine and its bigger brother (notes to come) are possibly the most interesting white wines I've had this year.  Very textural and complex.  If you like Hunter Semillion, I think you will like these wines.  This is the entry level wine, a blend of Bical, Cerceal and Secialinho that sees a bit of time in french oak.  Don't chill this too much, is seems a bit woody and ripe pineappley if it is too cold.  Try around 15 degrees.

The wine is a pale straw colour in the glass with a nose of roasted fennel bulb, smoke, ginger and spice, candle wax and light oak.  The texture in the mouth is the main attraction here, waxy with some nutty flavours as well as minerals, lemons and a nice buttered toast character.  The finish is very long long and the wine shows great balance.  A very classy drink. 89 Pts.

Source: The Spanish Acquisition Price: $25 Closure: Conventional Cork