Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2008

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2008
Origin: Portugal
Blend: Loureiro (70%), PedernĂ£ (30%)
Alcohol Content: 10.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: August 2009
Purchase Price: $8.99

Our review: Pale yellow with green tints and aromas of citrus and apricot and faint notes of orange blossom. A gentle effervesence accompanies the citrus-dominated fruit flavor on the palate and is nicely balanced with some mineral character. The finish is smooth and lengthy.

Our rating: Vinho Verde wines have come a long way in recent years, and it is still unusual to come across a specific vintage from a single vineyard. This particular "green" wine is quite pleasant and can easily be enjoyed as an aperitif. But to enjoy its full complexity, we suggest you pair it with an appetizer or salad course. Our score: Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A light, yellow, citrus-like hue, very clear and appealing. Its bouquet is intense and complex with notes of white fruits, tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. In the mouth, the first impression is of a lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced with good body. It has an intense and complex flavour with notes similar to those identified in the bouquet, and a long and lingering finish."

Winery website: Sogrape Brands.

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