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%