What am I: Hailing from arguably one of the most beautifully situated vineyards in the Cima-Corgo subregion of the Douro Valley, Quinta da Costa do Pinhão’s Branco comes from a field blend of vines that average around 40 years old.
The Quinta has been in Miguel Morais’s family for generations, and the oldest vines on the property are over 80 years old. Under his guidance the wines are taking a new direction and exemplify the spirit of being vinhos do autor; wines made by hand, with respect for the terroir, and with little to no intervention.
In our opinion, this is one of the best white wines being produced in Portugal today. From old Douro vines planted at an altitude above the Pinhão river, this white is one for the cellar, or to drink now and savor its incredible vitality and power. Macerated on skins for 10-days and spontaneously fermented in stone lagar, the wine is a curtimenta, or orange wine, and shows that character in a nose full of stone fruit, orange blossom, and spice. The palate is intensely mineral, with freshness and acidity to balance the days of skin contact. Overall, more of an old-world mineral-driven powerhouse, than a newer-style orange wine looking for dominant flavors from skin contact wine. This white rivals the great white wines of the winemaking world.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Gouveio, Viosinho, Malvasia Fina, Rabigato
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%