The grape Antão Vaz is believed to be native to Portugal and definitely thrives here in warm dry climates, and is one of the most common grapes in this region. Here it delivers a light, clean and bright acidity leading into lychee, light lemon-lime, guava, apricot, mild resin, wildflower, and lemon candied almonds. The beauty of a good white wine is that the acidity makes it appropriate for a diversity of foods, and this 2021 has an abundance of acidity to work with lighter dishes as well as heavier meals.
100% Aicante Bouschet raised in 300L French oak barrels. Purple in color, garnet at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, spice and slight earthiness, Firm tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, more like black cherries with underlying char. Depth if tight. Long finish, Some warmth, This needs some cellaring or air but is still delicious, Drink over the next ten to twelve years although the winemaker told me 15 years plus! This would go nicely with Korean BBQ short ribs or other food off the grill,
This is 100% Touriga Nacional. Raised in large barrels for 11 months. Garnet in color with some magenta swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, violets and slight spice. Full bodied. Light tannins. Creamy texture. On the palate, black cherries, slight cough drop note and anise. Nice finish in which the tannins come out more, Some warmth, This is great on its own but would be nice with roasted duck or chicken. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. Great value.
This is a blend of Antão Vaz 40%, Perrum 20%, Rabo de Ovelha 20%, and Monteudo 20%. Very interesting and good! Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has lemons, lemon verbena, minerals and summer savory. Velvety texture. Moderate acidity. On the palate, minerals and lemons. Lots of depth and complexity. Semi-tart lemons on the finish. I was told in other vintages this is done as an orange/amber wine. This is very clean, but the complexity is great no matter what color. Great on its own but this should be very food friendly. Seafood is a great choice.
This is 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Aragonez grapes. Salmon pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is tight but opens to show orange zest and slight cherries. Nice slightly oily but creamy texture. On the palate, quince, cherries and slight herbal note. Enough acidity to put it all together. Nice finish. Very refreshing. Very nice on its own, this would also work with a Margharita pizza. Drink over the next few years.
This is a Rose from Portugal made from Touriga Nacional, Aragonêz, Tinta Caiada, Syrah, and Trincadeira. Pink in color with some violet hues, clear and bright. The nose is tight but opens to show strawberries and slight raspberries. Lower acidity. Light tannins. On the palate, strawberries. Moderate finish. This is easy to drink. Nice on its own, it works well with snacks like olives and nuts. Good value in Rose.
This is a blend of 40% Antão Vaz, 40% Roupeiro, and 20% Perrum from Portugal. Silvery/yellow/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with peach, slight lemon and a chalk note. Juicy texture. Moderate acidity. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, a tasty lemon candy note with some salinity and chalk. Good finish. This is good on its own and will work well with lighter foods especially sea food. Oysters would work well. Drink over the next three to five years.
The front label states this is a 50/50 blend of Arinto and Alvarinho. This is a beautiful wine that seems to take Portugese whites, which are often inexpensive and lighter in style, to a more serious place. At times, this can be a mistake with over zealous winemakers, but in this case, they pull it off admirably. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has peaches/nectarines, crushed shells, slight vanilla and spice, and a bit of lime zest. Medium bodied. Moderate acidity. Silky texture. On the palate, lemon/lime with some leaches. A twang of lemon tartness comes thru on
This is a white blend from Portugal made from 70% Arinto, 15% Antao Vaz, and 15% Viognier. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has lemons, toast and almonds. Balanced acidity. On the palate, lemons with a slight bitter almond note. It turns to lemon hard candy on the finish. A tart note at the end makes it very food friendly and refreshing. This is nice on its own but better with food. It would be great with scallops.
2020 Adega Cooperativa de Redondo Porta da Ravessa Special Edition Vinho Branco, Portugal, lentejano, Wine Review
This is a white blend of Verdelho 40%, Arinto 30%, and Antão Vaz 30% from Portugal. Yellow gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with peach and honeydew. Nice creamy texture. On the palate, this has loads of peach. Balanced acidity. A bit of lemon tartness on the finish. This drinks nicely on its own and will work with lighter foods. Anything featuring peaches would work well. Drink over the next few years.