Quinta Do Feital White Blend Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura Auratus 2010
We love the Auratus for its crisp and clean palate with beautiful aromatics! Think Dorado – only less expensive. The fruit comes from a newly purchased estate in Seixas planted with old vine Trajadura and young Alvarinho. (Trajudura is a relatively obscure white grape used, in this case, to add body to the wine.)
I think of this wine a one that fits into my "red wine drinkers white" category. It's color is very close to that of a chardonnay but it's character is nothing like that. I prefer Sauvignon Blanc for my whites, but the Spanish and Portuguese whites are bold and stand up well to foods. We're drinking the 2005.
Heavier body, med dry.
Strong peach scents. Crisp and light- doesn't linger. Slightly effervescent?
Expect a crisp, clean, focused palate with beautiful aromatics of white peach, white flowers, citrus peel and more mineral. The palate is quite rich, expanding, viscus, yet fresh with vivid, needed acidity and beautiful balance. The fruit flavors are bright and racy yet ripe and generous, well rounded with excellent texture and length. It is delicious a day after it's first opened. Enjoy this wine with sauteed or fried fish.
Excellent white wine from Portugal. Light taste. Very smooth finish.
Good smooth white, great for summer cook-outs. Refreshing.
External Reviews for Quinta Do Feital White Blend Vinho Verde Alvarinho/Trajadura Auratus
A blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura, Auratus is a Portuguese white that goes beyond your traditional Vinho Verde. Very clean and fresh, this has notes of honey and ripe apples, with vivid acidity and mineral notes.
89 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2008 AURATUS is a blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura, a bit darker in color than its competitors, surprisingly mouth coating and gripping on opening, even, when it was you
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