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dominó "Monte Pratas" Branco '18


dominó "Monte Pratas" Branco '18

The year 2010 marked the beginning of a new life for Vitor Claro.

A celebrated chef in Portugal, he caught the wine bug, and along the way was mentored by the iconic Dirk Niepoort. They had met while Vitor worked at one of Dirk's restaurants. Like many of us in the business, having a wine mentor not only brings knowledge, but often the sharing of great bottles from all over the world.

In 2010 Vitor made his first wine from a vineyard that he rented in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal. With his goal for producing well-balanced, fresh wines, he found a vineyard in Portalegre, a distinctly cool part of Alentejo at the base of the Serra de São Mamede foothills. As with many old vineyards such as the one that Vitor found, it was co-planted to several different varieties.

There was something special about that vineyard, and despite its minuscule production the wine started to become noticed in the local wine scene. Vitor continued on this path, producing more and more wine, from different parts of Portugal. In 2016, he decided to close his restaurant "Claro!" and focus solely on wine. He was even able to purchase that first vineyard, called "Salão Frio."

Dominó is truly a "garage" wine label, making around 2000 cases of wine in total. Vitor and his wife Rita do virtually everything.

We are incredibly excited to release “Monte Pratas” for the first time in Chicago. This white wine comes from the estate vineyard in Portalegre. It is a blend of old-vines, including grapes such as Arinto, Fernão Pires, Alicante, Tamarez and Perolo. The grapes are co-fermented in used oak barrels, and aged on its lees for 11 months before bottling.

Vitor and Rita are dedicated natural wine producers. We mention this to differentiate it from many of the typical cold-fermented, fruit-driven white and red wines that dominate the Portuguese wine landscape. The 2018 “Monte Pratas” is truly a beautiful and unique white wine. It offers notes of fresh apricot and baking spices on the nose. It is a white wine with both freshness, and texture, with pear and apricot fruit notes, and a lingering mineral-laden finish.

Pair this with grilled fish, or simple summer salads.




Producer dominó
Format 750ml


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