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|Grapes||Bical, Cerceal, Sercialinho|
Luís Pato has spent his career at the forefront or vanguard of Portuguese winemaking, and his family has been producing wine at Quina do Ribeirinho since the 18th century. In 1999, by personal choice, he decided to leave the DOC denomination and label his wines as Regional Beiras so he could have more freedom in his winemaking. This offering, however, is a Barraida DOC. It is made with 50% bical from chalky-clay soil and 25% each of cercial and sercialinho from sandy soils, all of which is fermented and matured in stainless steel. The wine is very aromatic with aromas of flowers, red apples, tropical melon and zesty fruit, and citrus. On the palate, all of these fruits come through, with touches of minerality and honey. It’s structured, crisp, dry, and mouthwatering, perfect for lighter fare or as an aperitif.