Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2018 - SPIRITED Wines
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Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2018
SKU: 59395

Luis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2018

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Category White Wine
Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Luis Seabra
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
From rabigato, codega, godello and viosinho planted on micaschist and fermented mostly in old barrels, it has the lemon-mineral punch of great Burgundy, plus a ripe pear fruitiness, white poppy and remarkable density. This is sleek, contemporary white winemaking of the highest order. -- Jon Bonné | Bright straw yellow. On the nose, stone and orchard fruit abound, with flinty wet stone and white pepper laid over the dominant aromatics. On the palate, impressively bright and mineral driven, with a great balance between power and lift. Lemon, green apple, bosc pear flavors comingle with a touch of floral tone and slate minerals. Juicy and mineral-driven all at once.
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Branco Xisto Ilimitado is a 60/20 blend of Rabigato and Viosinho, with 10% each of Códega and Gouveio, all aged for eight months in used French oak. It comes in at 12.3% alcohol this year. This was not quite bottled when seen (about two weeks away), but it is the final blend. Seabra liked his 2018s a lot. This has fine concentration for the level, focus and a fresh feel. It is a tightly wound white with a bright and lingering finish. There's not a great deal of energy, though, and it is probably best drunk on the earlier side. This winery doesn't have a lot of track record, of course, but Seabra says it can age longer than five years. That is probably true, but it is also true that it is made to be enjoyed young, so feel free to dive in.

Mark Squires, August 2019