Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pavão Vinho Verde NV (2010)

Portugal (wine review and rating)

Pavão Vinho Verde NV (2010)

Origin: Portugal
Blend: Unknown
Alcohol Content: 11.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $6.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Light- to medium-gold in color, this ever so slightly sparkling wine has aromas of apple and pear, with slight hints of cider and almonds. The fruit flavors on the palate are a bit like unripened apple and apple peel, rather tart and astringent. There isn't much of a finish, but as the fruit flavors fade a mild minerality appears.

Our rating: Usually we prefer our Vinho Verdes ("green wines") as an aperitif, or simply as is while relaxing, but in this case we found we enjoyed this wine a bit more when accompanied by food. Granted, we served it with breakfast-for-dinner — scrambled eggs, ham, potatoes and onions — so there was every expectation that it would pair well. Still, this wasn't one of our favorite examples of this blend. Though typically a non-vintage wine, the bottles are stamped with their date of export. We previously rated a 2009-dated bottle on the low side of Average. We score this 2010-dated bottle a little worse, still Average but just barely.

Taste profile from the winemaker: None

Winery website: None found.

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