Monday, June 15, 2009

Grao Vasco Dao White Wine 2008

Grao Vasco Dao White Wine 2008
Origin: Dao, Portugal
Blend: Bical, Cercial, Malvasia-Fina and Encruzado (percentages not provided)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2009
Purchase price: $6.99

Our review: Greenish gold in color with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit with faint herb notes. Slightly sweet on the palate, the fruit flavors are accompanied by a subtle minerality that adds complexity. The finish, though exceptionally long, is rather flat and undistinguished.

Our rating: What a treat! We very much enjoyed this wine, which we recommend be served with seafood appetizers such as lightly fried calamari. We rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent, and an exceptional value.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A yellow straw hue and fine aromatic intensity with hints of white pulp and tropical fruit, as well as a mineral component that provides it with its freshness. In the mouth it is initially dry and has a lively acidity, well-balanced with the wine's fine body. Tropical fruits prevail in its suitably intense aroma. It has an elegant and lingering finish."

Winery website: Sogrape Vinhos.

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