Altano Douro White 2017
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Fresh grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus notes are vibrant and aromatic in this youthful white, with green herb, mineral and spice details on the clean finish. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases imported.
The 2017 Altano Branco (the blue label) is 20% each of Malvasia Fina and Moscatel Galego, with a field blend of Viosinho and Rabigato comprising the remaining 60% of the juice. It is unoaked and comes in at 13.1% alcohol. In this big 2017 vintage, it is always unclear what is going to happen to the whites in particular. This has plenty of solidity for its modest price, but it keeps its verve and freshness pretty well too. In fact, it has an herbal overlay, showing some green, while the Moscatel adds its typical aromatic flair. Overall, this does great this year. I'm not so sure how well or for how long it will last, but if you drink it now and in the near future, you'll have a lovely bargain in a fresh white. It's worth leaning up on this today.
The style of this wine, with its soft texture punctuated with acidity, is immediately attractive. It has lemon flavors along hints of pineapple and white fruits. The texture, lightly mineral, gives the wine its good balance. Drink the wine from 2019.