Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Portuguese Whites tasted 6/2013

4. Bucaco Branco Reservado (2008)

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So this is made at a fancy hotel in Portugal and for the most part is only avail;be at the hotel, talk about hard to find. However, it's a fabulous wine and worth mentioning if only to alert those who might one day stay at the Hotel Bucaco about this wine. I also enjoyed a 2001 while at dinner at the hotel. These wines are a real treasure of Portugal. Fermented in wood and one year aging,  300 liters, 100% new medium toast, Five to six thousand bottles a year One grape from Dao two from Barriada Encruzado, Maria Gomes, Bical An oxidative sweetness greets the nose recalling cooked white meats which leads to layers of banana, slate, and gentle dried citrus fruits on the nose. With huge acids on entry this shows lovely balance in a clean but obvious oxidative style. The oxidation adds a touch of sweetness and high toned complexity in the mouth with a little VA adding lift to the lime and tart apple flavors. The nice astringent finish shows good length with more banana and creamy almost melony fruit that shows nice depth with the oak very well integrated. There’s some Lopez de Heredia character here. 90pts
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