Sunday, May 20, 2012

2009 Casa Santos Lima Quinta Das Setencostas White (Alenquer, Portugal)

Portugese whites are as yet largely unexplored territory for me. I picked this up looking for a wine to cook with, but as sometimes turns out to be the case, it ended up being a more than a worthy drink as well.

It’s a blend of Fernao Pires, Arinto, Rabo del Ovelha, Vital, and Chardonnay. I know a little bit about that last grape, but the preceeding four varieties are largely a mystery to me, but you can read some useful information on them here -  

Lovely honeyed pear and apple is balanced by an appealing sea salt brine note that runs the course of the wine. These flavours are delivered with a refined line and length that mark it out from most other white wines at this price point. A dry, nutty finish adds appeal and interest. It’s great with seafood, but has developed enough fruit richness to go with white meats as well. Fantastic white wine at the price. Drink up.


RRP: $12-$15
ABV: 13.0%
Closure: Screwcap

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