jamie goode's wine blog: A Douro white

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Douro white

Portugal's Douro Valley is primarily red wine country, but of late the whites have really begun to impress. It would be interesting to do a tasting of high-end Douro whites, but serving them to tasters blind, so they were tasting without prejudice. The results might be fun.

Quinta do Judeu Branco 2008 Douro, Portugal
13.5% alcohol. Mixed varieties, old vines. Lovely forward aromatics with some grapey richness (is there some Moscato in here?) as well as herby, waxy, citrussy notes. The palate is rich and quite bold with fresh, waxy, pithy citrussy fruit, as well as richer grapey, peachy notes. There are lots of different flavours here, all working together to create an interesting, textured, fruit-driven wine. 89/100

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At 11:37 AM, Blogger oJudeu said...

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At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Jamie, no moscat. In between many unknown varieties in this very old vineyard, the main ones are Malvasia Fina (responsible for the nose) and Rabigato (fantastic natural acidity). André (Quinta do Judeu)

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Bartholomew Broadbent said...

The Crasto Douro white has become my new house white. It is delicious!

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Would that be the Crasto Douro white whose American importer is Broadbent Selections, proprietor Bartholomew Broadbent?

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Bartholomew Broadbent said...

Yes, I make absolutely no bones about that. What I mean to say is that, whereas before, my house wine was another wine I import, I've switched to Crasto white. I wasn't trying to promote it per se, just agreeing that Douro whites can be delicious and it is currently my favorite white in our portfolio. Sorry, I should have disclosed that I import it because I was not trying to hide that fact.


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