Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
Wine Advocate 90 points!
Quinta de Chocapalha is nestled between the sun-bathed hills surrounding Alenquer, just northwest of Lisbon. Originally acquired in the 1980's, the 110 acres of nearly abandoned vineyards discovered on the estate dated back to the 16th century; the family immediately embarked on an investment program to replant and re-graft the vines with the thriving varietals of the area, both indigenous and international. In 2000, the new plantings had reached optimal maturity when Sandra Tavares, the youngest daughter made her first debut as a winemaker, passionate and eager to produce wine with only the best grapes found on the estate.
Quinta de Chocopalha Arinto is a pure expression of Arinto from 26-year-old vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon. Bright lemon yellow in color with a freshly aromatic nose of citrus and tropical fruits. "Sensually textured, lively and fresh, this just dances across the palate. It has sappy and succulent fruit just now, but it should evolve nicely with time and acquire more complexity. Drink 2019-2029."-Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 90 points!
Quinta de Chocopalha Arinto pairs well with fresh salads, grilled white fish, and roasted chicken.