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Luís Pato at «50 Great Portuguese Wines 2012» by Julia Harding
18 Junho 2012
Julia Harding MW presented her selection of the best 50 Portuguese Wines, were we find Quinta do Ribeirinho Pé Franco 2009:

17.5 Drink 2013-23: Ungrafted vines planted on sandy soil. Lovely (white) peppery and dusty nose with intense but introverted red-fruit aromas - the raspberry and graphite character of Loire Cab Franc but without the leafiness.

Going back to it, there's also a slight but definite minty character.

Bright and lively and so fresh with a firm tannic structure - though the tannins are super-fine - that is a perfect fit with the depth of fresh, vibrant fruit giving excellent balance even now.

Becomes more fragrant in the glass. Minerally chew on the finish. Tight and energetic. (JH) 12%


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