Escolha Branco

This wine, with its white-fruit nose, full body and long, well-balanced finish, was what originally made the estate’s reputation in the 1990s and continues to be a favorite on wine lists today.

Bottle Size: 750 mL

  • Vintage 2016
  • Producer
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Vinho Verde
  • Alcohol 13%
  • Composition:
    Chardonnay, Avesso, Other
  • Winemaker Notes A characterful assemblage led by Covela’s main grape Avesso, blended with Chardonnay and a couple of other “spices”. This wine, with its white-fruit nose, full body and long, well-balanced finish, was what originally made the estate’s reputation in the 1990s and continues to be a favorite on wine lists today. A versatile wine, it is equally at home with traditional fish and seafood pairings, but in colder months, also goes well with meatier dishes such as casseroles and roasts. Ages well – for 5 or 6 years or beyond.
  • Pairing Suggestions Covela Escolha Branco should be enjoyed at a temperature of 12 ºC to 14 ºC (53 ºF to 57 ºF). An excellent wine to pair with various types of starters, though best when accompanying fish and seafood. Also gives a nice twist to poultry, pasta and some pork dishes and is an excellent foil for creamy sauces. A wine with aging potential of at least five years.
  • Tasting Notes Color: Bright, pale straw.
    Nose: Expressive. Floral with heady notes of tropical fruit and good intensity. Undertones of the region’s granitic minerality promise a complex wine.
    Palate: Dry, with nicely-balanced acidity and minerality typical of the region. Despite being fresh (and refreshing), this wine has notes of ripe stone fruits, some tropicality and shows a certain creaminess against its strong, mineral backdrop. Long, elegant finish. Abundant personality.
  • Press 90 points Wine Advocate, 17.5/20 points Revista de Vinhos

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  • Vineyard Organic farming. Granitic soils forming a natural, South-facing amphitheater at low-altitude on the right bank of the Douro river in the southeastern corner of the Vinho Verde region; Cold winters and hot, dry summers, mix of continental climate and maritime influence.
  • Vinification Hand-picked plot-by-plot, allowing for the right grapes to be harvest at the right time. Transport in small boxes. Brief maceration of selected grapes. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. No enzymes used. Spontaneous fermentation. Fining with Bentonite when necessary. Light filtration.
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • Acidity: 5.9 g/L
    • pH: 3.24
    • Residual Sugar: <1.5g/L
    • Sulphites: 88 mg/L
    • Winemaker: Rui Cunha
 

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