Portugal and Spain Wine Tasting
September 18, 2019 4:00 pm
Old Port Wine Merchants 223 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04401
Quinta da Muradella Alanda Blanco
93 Points- Robert Parker
30% Dona Blanca, 30% Treixadura, 30% Verdello, 10% Monstruosa de Monterrei.
“Alanda is José Luis Mateo’s interpretation of Monterrei’s terroir through the local white grapes-equal parts godello, treixadura and dona blanca, with ten percent monstrousa in the blend. One taster described it as “fresh rainwater,” an evocative description for a wine that is all subtleties, like a haiku. It’s light with herbal notes, while at the same time the structure is tight and firm. The flavors last, deliciously spicy, with soft touches of jasmine”
Forja de Salnés “Leirana” Albariño Rías Baixas
92 Points- Robert Parker
“Produced from 35-60 year old Albariño vines located in the Salnes sub-zone of Rías Baixas, this is a bright, fresh, focused Albariño. Delicious stone fruit flavors are focused and precise, but also rich and with great volume on the mid-palate.”
Escalada do Sil
93 Points- James Suckling
60% Merenzao, 30% Mencia, 10% Garnacha Tintorera.
“Sexy mineral- and smoke-accented dark fruit, incense and potpourri scents are complemented by suggestions of cola and smoky minerals. Sweet, seamless and concentrated, offering intense boysenberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that become livelier and spicier with aeration. Sappy, palate-staining and lively; subtle tannins fold smoothly into the lingering blue fruit.”
Quinta da Muradella Alanda
65% Mencia, 35% Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera and Dona Blanca.
The different grape varieties were fermented together, part in stainless steel, part in cement, with one third of full clusters and aged for one year in used barrels and matured for a further three months in stainless steel before being bottle unfiltered. The nose is fruit-driven, there are no traces of oak, a combination of cherry fruit, herbal aromas and a pinch of spice, and a medium-bodied palate with focused, red cherry flavors, fine tannins and balanced acidity. This is supple and easy to drink, fresh and very pleasant.
95 Points- Decanter
55% Touriga Nacional, 25% old vine field blend, 20% Sousao
Deep violet. On the nose, redolent of black and blue fruit tinged with violets and wet stone. On the palate, rich but balanced, with fresh acidity coupling the dark blueberry and plum fruit. Finishes long and spicy, with a big dose of flowers and minerals.
Fita Preta – A Touriga Vai Nua
100% Touriga Nacional
“In the glass a dark ruby red color with garnet reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, raspberries and hints of violets, dried flowers, dried herbs and some anise.
The palate is soft and round with lots of juicy flavours and nice acidity which makes it not too sweet. Very drinkable and not too heavy with great balance and structure.”
Noble and Murat LBV Port
“This traditional LBV is lovely. It is respectably concentrated for this elegant vintage and well on the fresher side, consistent with the vintage and the stainless steel. It has beautiful fresh fruit, purity and focus. The fruit is expressive and capable of developing more complexity in time. The lingering finish is laced with chocolate and blueberries, but it dries quickly, showing off good structure, too.”
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