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

Porto - Portugal

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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

Porto has a history which stretches back centuries, and involves empires, riches, and the discovery of new countries and civilisations. Today, the city and the region which surrounds it is perhaps best known for wine, and in particular, the tawny colored, aromatic and delicious Port wines which have been wildly popular since the 18th century. The region Porto is situated in, the Douro wine region of Portugal, is one of the oldest protected wine regions in the world, and is widely considered to be one of the finest places in Europe for viticulture. Indeed, the area around Porto supports an astonishing number of native and imported grape varietals, although by far the most common grapes found flourishing on the valley sides are Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tempranillo, Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional – all grapes most commonly used for Port wine production.

Country: Portugal

Benefiting from both the hot, dry Iberian climate as well as brisk Atlantic winds, Portugal is a perfectly situated country for vineyard cultivation and wine production. With a wine making history which stretches back thousands of years, it comes as little surprise that wine plays an important role in the cultural identity and practices of the country. The Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks and the Romans all had a hand in forming Portugal as an important center for wine production, and over the millennia, this resulted in each region of this beautiful part of Europe producing its own distinctive wines easily identifiable and separate from neighboring Spain's. Today, the varied terroir and climate across Portugal allows a great range of wines to be made each year, from the fresh and dry Vinho Verde wines to the famous and widely drunk fortified Port wines, and many in between.