Aged for 10 years in wood. -- The extra long ageing gives this White Port a balance and smoothness which is unlike the traditional White Ports. It is in a class of its own.
The grapes come from specially chosen old vineyards located at higher altitudes in the Douro, sub-region of Cima Corgo.
A field blend of many varieties including Malvasia Fina, Códega, Gouveio and Rabigato.
Churchill's Dry White Port is an emblematic product for Churchill's and unique in its style. Its rich golden color denotes its 10 years of age which is also evident in its smooth and complex taste. The alternative aperitif to be served cold at any time of year.
Varietal: Malvasia Fina: 100%
"Heady, rich, seductive, and a Port for Sherry lovers (all 3 of you who are left out there...)"
"This sucker is downright sherry-like, nutty, complex, carrying caramel overtones but really quite dry, with a enough acid to stand up to venison"
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
"There's a mapley cast to this, with notes of forest floor. Almond and dried fruit notes fill the medium-long finish. Drink now. 800 cases imported."
"The first duty of Port is to be red, said Ernest Cockburn and I agree- except when it has been given extended age in wood like this wine. The pale amber colour gives it away, together with the delicate, off-dry, toasted almond character. Delicious served chilled and, in case you were wondering, the second duty of Port is to be drunk."
17 out of 20 points
"Nutty aromas with a touch of marmalade. Good maturity."
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Initial sweetness, followed by attractive soft fruit, this is a rich, balanced wine, golden in color. In addition to the richness, there is good fresh acidity, a layer of old wood that adds complexity. Very stylish.
"New (Old) Kind of White Wine"
Jane Garvey's Wine Pick (excerpted)As a long-term white port (or Porto) enthusiast, I helped pour Churchill's White Porto and insisted tasters savor it first chilled and neat, then on the rocks with a splash of tonic water and a squeeze of lime, as it's done in summer in Portugal. "Refreshing!", visitors said, although they were divided on which was better -- with ice and tonic water or without. Either way, the distinctive nuttiness of this rich, full-bodied amber-gold wine makes it the ideal apéritif with foie gras, liver pâté, almonds and olives and cheese straws or coins, and the winery suggests oak-smoked (mild) salmon. Good acidity cuts the richness, giving the wine nice balance and a clean finish. Serve chilled, about 45 degrees.
Within its niche, Churchill's White Porto Dry Aperitif is an astonishing wine. White ports are generally a stepchild in Oporto, Portugal, but Churchill's is one of the jewels of its line. It's not exactly dry, though it is drier than most ports---call it lightly sweet. What distinguishes it are the strong, gripping flavors of almonds, orange and caramel. It would be perfect to serve with a lightly sweet, nut-based dessert---maybe a not-to-sweet pecan pie or roasted chestnuts. Or before the meal as an aperitif. Serve cool but not cold. And if you're looking for a holiday gift under $20, this fits the bill.
It arrives with deep-walnut and butterscotch-caramel flavors wrapped in a creamy-soft texture, and departs with a candied-grapefruit-peel aftertaste that lingers like a sunset.---Howard Goldberg
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