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Churchill White Port NV 500ml
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Churchill White Port Port Blend NV

Porto - Portugal

Professional Wine Reviews for Churchill White Port Port Blend NV

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The NV Dry White Port is a field blend aged for ten years in wood. Although a field blend with typical regional white grapes, I'm told it does emphasize Malvasia. It comes in with just 40 grams per liter of residual sugar. In perception, it is mostly dry, but not austere. There is just a bit of a tinge of sugar on the finish as it warms, but if you taste it next to a Devesa (also reviewed), you'll see the difference between "dry" and "sweet" in this category. Dry White Ports may be even more unfamiliar to consumers than the sweet ones, but this is very nice and well worth a look. I am not usually as fond of the very dry ones, just as a matter of personal taste, but I liked it a lot. Opening with a whiff of brandy up front, it shows fine concentration and grip on the finish. Its brooding demeanor moderates as it airs out and warms, cut by just a bit of that sugar. It is tightly wound and very focused. I'm not sure this will be as fun to drink on its own as some of the sweeter ones, but it certainly can be used that way. However, it may be an even better pairing for certain types of cheeses and other foods. Experiment a bit--for some pairings this may be the missing link. This was bottled in May 2015 with a bar top cork. Note that the bottle I saw had no bottling date. The winery advised that that the labels would indicate such as I normally do not review NV bottles without some unique identifier.
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Region: Porto

The city and region of Porto in Portugal has long been regarded as one of the most important wine producing areas on earth, and home to many of the world's most distinctive and characterful wines and fortified wines. So important was it, in the 18th century, it became part of the third ever protected wine region, following one in Hungary, and one in Italy. The wineries of Porto have generations of experience and expertise when it comes to working their land, and the fertile valley sides in the Douro region where Porto is found offers plenty of opportunities for growing a wide range of grape varietals. Most commonly, Porto wineries cultivate Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tempranillo, Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional grapes, as these are the primary varietals used in the production of Porto's famous Port wines.

Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.