Vino Blanco 2011
A collaboration between celebrated Port producer Niepoort and hip Sherry negociant house Equipo Navazos, this white is vinified from palomino fino grapes grown on albariza, a type of soil composed of chalk and limestone. The wine barrel-ferments on its indigenous yeasts in partially-filled butts, allowing for the formation of flor, a top-fermenting yeast intrinsic to Sherry production that occurs naturally in the Jerez region. The layer, or “veil” of flor sits on top of the fermenting wine, protecting it from the air while allowing gentle microoxygenation. This wine, therefore, is an homage to the dry white wines produced in Jerez prior to the advent of fortification, which defines Sherry. The wine’s natural minerality contrasts with its rounded body and low-acid finish, making it a perfect foil for seafood and subtle flavors.
Quinta de Lemos
Located in the Dao region, the oldest wine producing region in Portugal, Quinta de Lemos produces wine, olive oil, and honey. The estate’s emblem, four crescent moons linked together, symbolizes the four mountains surrounding the vineyard, as well as the four varietals the estate works with; this wine is 100% Jaen, which is thought to be a clone of the Spanish Mencia grape. Jaen is regarded for its peppery taste, which contrasts with its smooth, relatively low-tannin finish; a kiss of new oak keeps things in balance.