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Valoroso Chardonnay 2020

Valoroso Chardonnay 2020

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  • Setúbal - Portugal
  • 2020 - Chardonnay
  • 13.0 % Alc - 750 ml

We’ve championed Portugal’s rich, native reds for years. Now, we’re excited to bring you something fresh: Valoroso Chardonnay, a ripe, rounded white wine that sports a history of gold-medal acclaim.

Valoroso means ‘valiant’—and this luscious Chardonnay pays tribute to the ‘Comendadora’ title (aka ‘knighthood’) that fourth-generation proprietor Leonor Freitas was awarded by the Portuguese government for service to the wine industry. Her family’s estate was founded by Deonilde Freitas in 1920, and today its 210 hectares of vineyards produce some of the country’s finest wines. Look no further than this gorgeous example, crafted by head winemaker Jaime Quendera, who has won over 1,000 gold medals during his illustrious career.

Being the choosy, quality-focused winemaker that he is, Jaime took his time in selecting the grapes—only the finest parcels made the cut. You’re in for aromas of yellow plum and nectarine, with a succulent palate of ripe apple, yellow peach and buttered toast (thanks to a delicate, four-month slumber in top-notch oak barrels). There’s great balance here (a hallmark of all Jaime’s wines) and a long, mineral-tinged finish. It’s a perfect partner for hearty vegetarian fare or citrus-roasted chicken.

“Portugal is one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world today,” writes Wine Spectator. And thirsty fans everywhere are starting to catch on. Get your share of this mouthwatering taste before we run out.

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