03 Luis Pato, Maria Gomes
Dry, sharp, and acidic with a steely green mango aroma that straddles a strange line between chenin blanc and Austrian riesling. Despite that, everytime I sit down with it, it manages to move me more than it should. The green mango and golden apple flavors develop alongside great minerality. It won't wow at any tastings, but is one of the best white wines once food hits the table. I've used it for everything from bitter green salad to braised octopus and it's never missed. Wines like this make me glad I don't give out ratings, because it's completely mediocre with outstanding potential to elevate a meal.