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Taste why Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer is raving about Portugal with this stunner: a peachy, gently spiced white that was crafted by star winemaker, José Lobo de Vasconcelos. The previous vintage received International Wine Challenge kudos, and we think the fresh 2015 release is just as lovely.
It’s a rare blend of native Portuguese white star, Fernão Pires, plus Alvarinho and Moscatel (aka: Albariño and Moscato). These grapes positively thrive in Casal Branco’s sandy soils, and ripen to perfection under the Portuguese sun. Gentle oak aging imparts further complexity and roundness. The results in the glass: juicy-ripe peach, hints of cedar and orange blossom on the nose, followed by a smooth, rich and bright palate of stone fruit, spice and hints of classic Moscato “grape” notes. Opulent and aromatic, long and beautifully well-balanced, this is a top pick for Asian style meals (noodle bowls, pad Thai or classic pork egg foo young), seafood, vegetarian stews and more.
As you pour for guests, you can tell them the story behind the cool name: Casal Branco dates to the 17th century, and once served as the king of Portugal’s falconry. Winemaker José’s family (whose surname means ‘wolf’) were the caretakers there. Lobo e Falcão (‘Wolf and Falcon’) is a tribute to them, as they would keep special barrels of their wine tucked away for the king when he stopped by for a visit.
Order your case today, then keep a bottle or two on hand for when your white-wine loving friends swing by. They’ll thank you!