2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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After a lengthy barrel tasting in the depths of Edi Kante’s chilly, cavernous limestone cellar, we typically climb a seemingly endless spiral staircase back to the ground floor and settle at the table, tantalized by the scent of ultra-fresh seafood wafting out from behind the closed kitchen door. Signora Kante soon emerges, platter in hand, and so begins our tasting of the bottled wines, accompanied by Friuli’s finest Adriatic specialties in their most elemental form. While any Kante white is at home alongside steamed langoustines, salt-baked branzino, or gently crisped frittura di pesce, Edi’s Vitovska is perhaps the best match for his wife’s simple, purist approach to preparing fish. Balancing brightness with creaminess, this native white of the Carso region is clean and saline with subtle aromatics, providing the perfect canvas for the exquisite flavors of delicate and refined seafood preparations.
|Vineyard:||8 years average|
|Soil:||Clay and Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged for 6 more months in stainless steel tank, and in bottle for 7 years|
Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.
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