Villae (Branco) Review
Portugal is among the most underrated wine regions of the world, especially when looking for great wines at affordable prices. Dão is an up-and-coming region punching above its weight.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2021 Villae (Branco)
Blend: 40% Encruzado (Salgueirinho), 40% Bical (Borrado das Moscas), 20% Cerceal
Region: Dão, Portugal
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Premier Series by International Wine of the Month Club
Wine color/style: White wine
Grape variety or blend: White blends
Tasting notes: Bright, Stone fruit, Apricot, Peach, Minerality
Other characteristics: Food friendly
Villae (Branco): What I think
Portugal is among the most underrated wine regions of the world, especially when looking for great wines at affordable prices. It’s an “old world” region so in general their costs are much lower (land, labor, and raw materials). Within Portugal there are more than a dozen major wine regions, with Porto & Douro being the most well known. Dão is an up-and-coming region punching above its weight.
This food-friendly white wine (branco is white in Portuguese) was light and refreshing. Int'l Wine Club’s description included “bracing acidity” but I found the acidity to be well-tempered. The grapes in the blend each contribute an important aspect: Encruzado contributes a unique “waxy” mouthfeel, Bical contributes stone fruit flavors like apricot and peach, and the Portuguese native Cerceal adds minerality and acidity.
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