DOC Beira Interior, Portugal; 100% SÍria; 13% ABV
bottled by Companhia das Quintas
imported by Flavor Seekers, San Diego, CA
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 21 March
After I liked the Figueira red and Bill recommended trying the white, I picked up a bottle of it as another waiting-for-the-sale wine.
I found this a pleasant white, with flavors of yellow and white melon / pear, with a little green melon and minerality on the finish. The fruit is soft and slightly creamy, with a nice fruit / acid balance. Similar to the red, I’m not totally wowed by it, but it is quite pleasant and tasty wine for the price, and an interesting new varietal to me. If I had tasted this blind, my best guess would have been that it’s a Grenache Blanc.
The next day, the fruit is more forward and integrated, becoming nicely textured, but still with nicely minerally structure. It was pretty good the first day, but its second-day performance pushes this into Thumbs Up.