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Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco 2017

Luis Seabra Xisto Cru Branco 2017

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"The 2017 Branco "Xisto Cru" is 70% Rabigato with Códega, Gouveio and Viosinho principally filling out the rest. It was aged for 12 months in used French oak and comes in at 12.7% alcohol. It was sourced from the Mêda region at the southern border of Douro Superior with vines over 80 years old at 650 to 700 meters in altitude. There's a bit of wood showing here, but it fades easily as the wine sits. Relatively fleshy despite the low alcohol, this is beautifully balanced, the freshness always supporting the fruit. Harmonious and subtly concentrated, it should age well. How well it develops is another question. Let's start here now. This does need to show the ability to develop and become more complex with age. There were 4,690 bottles and 120 magnums produced. Drink: 2017-2028. 91+ points"

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (244)