Here are some interesting wines we recently tasted.
Vinho Verde Branco–no frills packaging & finished with a screw cap. VERY value driven wine from Portugal, which is certainly apropos for hot weather sipping. PLUS, the price point is crazy good! (I wonder how, considering the cost of the screw cap, label, bottle, box, shipping, tax, etc???? The wine is fresh, FIZZY, lower in alcohol (& therefore has residual sugar/sweetness), tasty & VERY refreshing. There is a star fruit pungency (later as it warmed up–an almost cactus/almost stagnant flower vase water smell) with a lime zest edge. Still, it over delivers for the dollar on the palate. 85% loureiro, 7.5 trajadura, 7.5% arinto.
Fulget Albarino—I really thought the Albarino category was supposed to explode in popularity years ago. I am still waiting. I think at least part of the problem is the scarcity of really tasty, interesting options. Over the years, there are in fact only 2 from Spain, which I buy. I almost dread when someone today, asks me to taste an albarino. Such was the case for this tasting. Interestingly, I initially preferred a Portuguese alvarinho & another alvarinho blend, which preceeded this wine. It has some of the perfume & minerality I typically hope for, but I initially found it hard & not too delicious with some bitterness in the finish. After, however, tasting some red wines & coming back to this wine, I appreciated it more. This is the one of 3 albarino’s from the house of Major I preferred.
Rol de Coisas Antigas Bairrada Tinto–quite masculine, dusty, earthy, rustic with juicy, ripe fruit, good weight…..certainly much more intriguing & interesting than so many of the correct, rather soul-less wines we often run across. 35% baga, 25% castelao, 10% alfronchera, 10% tricadeira, 5% bastardo, 5% souzao, 10% tinta prinheira.
Conceito Bastardo–surprisingly light in color, with wonderful perfume–floral, red fruit, earth, exotic spice, rustic edges, masculine & musky….yet surprisingly delicious & seamless on the palate. 100% Bastardo.
Casa da Passarella Dao Tinto–such a pretty, intriguing nose & perfume. Lots of red fruit with spice, earth, rusticity & musky. Masculine yet suave, seamless with surprising refinement. Quite a value! 20% tinto roriz, 40% touriga nacionale, 20% alfrocheira, 20% jaen (aged 8 months ijn French oak)