Quinta Do Monte D'oiro Madrigal 2013 750ml
SKU 781837

Quinta Do Monte D'oiro Madrigal 2013

Quinta Do Monte D'oiro - Lisboa - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Madrigal is all Viognier, aged in a mixture of tank (60%) and new French oak (40%). To my mind, this will take its place with the best Madrigals - which is a pretty good place to be. Controlling its oak pretty well, even at this young age, this shows fine concentration and persistence on the finish, yet a certain gracefulness that makes it wonderfully appealing. It is a beautifully balanced Madrigal that puts it all together, combining a sunny demeanor, fine fruit and good aromatics. As it continues to evolve, it may yet improve. You can most certainly drink this now, but I suspect a year in the cellar will do it a lot of good, too.

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Winery: Quinta Do Monte D'oiro

Varietal: Viognier

There are few white wines in the world with as much of a floral, elegant and summery aroma as those made from the Viognier grape. This fine varietal has been grown in and around the Rhone region of France for centuries, and is believed to have been brought to France by an ancient Roman Emperor, who wished to spread this special grape around his growing empire. Today, wineries in the New World are beginning to experiment with this grape, which is notoriously difficult to grow and highly susceptible to mildew. Vintners must time their harvest just right, as the distinctive fruit-forward and extremely aromatic juices lose much of their character if they are picked too early, or too late. Due to its delicate nature, Viognier wines are often blended, or are allowed to develop noble rot to intensify their characteristics.

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.