Ang Azores Wine Company Arinto dos Açores Sur Lies 2018
The 2018 Arinto dos Açores Sur Lies is unoaked, bone dry (half a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. As tends to happen, this is dramatically different than the regular Arinto. That flaunts its acidity and seems lively. This is rounder—almost as if it were oaked (but without the oaked flavors). It seems richer. There is plenty of acidity here too, but the acidity here is better integrated. As lush and mouth coating as this seemed at first, don't forget the power. Which one you prefer might be a matter of taste—or just how you intend to use them. At the moment, I'd take this one. Reasonable minds might differ. They both have some potential for improvement after they settle down more, but this seems more likely to improve. There were just 3,300 bottles produced.