jamie goode's wine blog: Another good Portuguese white

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another good Portuguese white

Another impressive Portuguese white to report on.

Esporao Reserva 2008 Alentejo, Portugal
A blend of Antao Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro. Lovely floral, lemony nose with notes of tangerine and a hint of vanilla oak. The palate has citrus pith, grapefruit and peach notes with a touch of spicy oak. A bright, focused wine with lots of interest. Fresh, full flavoured and well balanced. 89/100

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At 1:43 AM, Blogger Couves said...

I enjoyed Esporao's 2008 Verdelho. It's also fairly big for a Portuguese white (14%), but with no oak and it was a great deal at $9. All of Esporao's varietals are fun and interesting wines.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Stephan said...

Which is a good dish to accompany this wine? Also, how long can it stay in the cellar?

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Esporao's winemaking is solid - all the range are well made and provide value for money, IMHO.

It's a fairly versatile food wine because of the freshness - I'd be thinking stronger-flavoured fish dishes, salads, even some medium-hard cheeses. It won't keel over quickly, but I'd enjoy it over the next two years to catch it in its fresh phase.

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Different label for us here in Alberta...and a price of $28 Cdn!
Still buy what I can find though.

Bob from Alberta.

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quite enjoyed this (bought last year in Portugal at 8) but wouldn't rush to buy it again, tho it is decent value by any standards.


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