Chocapalha Arinto

Arinto bottle image

Wine Description

A pure expression of Arinto sourced from 23 year old vineyards 28 miles northwest of Lisbon, this refreshing white is vinified in stainless steel vats and aged for 6 months on the lees before bottling.

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“The 2014 Arinto (unoaked) seems a bit delicate at times in the mid-palate, but that belies its general demeanor. Crisp and refined, it shows considerable tension on the finish, viscosity and a rather respectable finish. Still young and unevolved, this might well be better at the end of the year, or next spring. The winemakers say that vintages like 2008 are still drinking well, so you can wait. This has room to grow, especially in a vintage with a nice, crisp feel. That said, I'd still rather drink it on the younger side once past a year or two, even granting that there's no rush. One thing is clear: at this price point, this is a super value in a fresh, lighter-styled wine.”
— Wine Advocate, Aug 2015
“The Arinto is a local grape as far as Lisboa is concerned, and this wine seems right at home here. Made from old vines, it is fresh, tangy and destined to be drunk young with locally-caught Atlantic Ocean fish. The wine has a pure, clean, perfumed aftertaste.” - Best Buy
— Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2016
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Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name
Vineyard size
13 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Training method
825 feet
2.4 tons
Harvest time:
mid September
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Winemaking & Aging
Maceration length:
Varietal composition:
100% Arinto
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
22 days
Fermentation temperature:
54 °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
6 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
6.6 g/L
12.5 %
Residual sugar:
<1 g/L