1995 Caves São João Arinto Quinta do Poço do Lobo - Portugal, Beiras, Vinho Regional Beiras (4/5/2018)
-- popped and poured --
-- tasted non-blind over three hours --
-- 100% Arinto --
NOSE: hint of oxidation and flor; not unlike a blanco from LdH; backed carrot; machine grease; hint of aged gouda or romano cheese; baked/caramelized hard cheese on bread; med+ expressiveness.
BODY: golden maize color; medium bodied.
TASTE: high acidity; dry; tangy; lots of mineral; 12% alc. not noticeable; hint of something floral; citric, but no real citrus flavor; considering other similar wines in the market for cheaper, bad QPR @ $35 (but keep reading); at about the 2 hour mark: now some intensifying woodsy/perfumey notes; at 2.5 hour mark: getting even better; an apple note is now showing; have now changed my mind on this being a bad QPR; not a great deal, but no longer do I think it's a bad deal, either. Done in the mineral-laden, flor-inflected, slightly oxidative, skin contact style, but it's not exactly any one of those. Distinctive. I liked it a lot. I could probably move one point in either direction with my score, below.
50, 5, 12, 17, 8 = (92 pts.)