Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2007
The classic stone fruit of the alvarinho combine with the floral, delicate trajadura on the nose. On the palate, there's a richness from the lees aging balanced by the refreshing acidity for which whites from this part of the Iberian peninsula are rightly famous. The finish is textured and mineral. Perfect with any seafood, especially scallops or razor clams.
50% Alvarinho, 50% Trajadura. Bottled by Quinta do Feital Sociedade Agricola e Turismo. Marcial Dorado is a Spaniard from Galicia who loves albarinyo. But he realized that some of the best albarinyo vineyards are over the border, just across the Minho River in Portugal, where the variety is known as alvarinho. His Quinta do Feital vineyard has 70-year-old vines, many ungrafted, and is managed via organic methods. Marcial also renovated gus winery and adopted Burgundian techniques, such as semi-malolactic fermentation and extended lees stirring. He also purchased a stunning amphitheatre-like vineyard at Seixas near the mouth of the river. Its young vines are currently used to make the Auratus wines.