Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top Portuguese Whites tasted 6/2013

5. Quinta Do Crasto (2012)

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Average price: $15.39 from 35 stores
2006 was first vintage, granitic soils, 600 meters above sea level, fermented for almost 45 days at 12 to 14 degrees, 2.4 grams per liter, using a cultivated yeast strain from the Douro, Orange blossoms and citrusy aromas greet the nose followed by a bit of melon with a dusty base note and fruit that is rather Quincy Sauvignon Blanc like, except floral tinged rather than herbal. At first this seems  a little sweet then the wine’s high acidity kicks in lending nice dusty cut to the lime/citrus fruit that shows good length with lots of grapefruit on the finish. There’s a bit pith and slightly pithiness bitterness on the finish as well. A pretty zesty wine that should appeal to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. 88pts
 
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