Monday, December 12, 2011

Le Caveau - Artisan Wines Portugal Tasting - 12/10/2011

Le Caveau - Artisan Wines Portugal Tasting - 12/10/2011
Today was a special tasting featuring Gail Lawing and Paul Hearn of Artisan Vines - conducting a Portuguese tasting with the following:

1) 2009 Vale d'Algares Seleccion White - $21.99
55% Viognier, 30% Alvarinho, 15% Verdelho
"The vineyard is located in the Tejo DO of Portugal. Tejo (Tey-joo) is the main Iberian river, called Tagus in Latin and English. The Tejo region has been known as a wine producing region since the middle ages. This wine offers aromas of citrus and green plum with a hint of peach and fig on a palate. It has a touch of smoke due to aging in 90% French oak and a fine acidity that brings balance to the finished product."

2) 2008 Quinta Nova Touriga Nacional - $79.99
100% Touriga Nacional (the main varietal in Port)
"very aromatic, perfumed nose: floral with some blackberry and dark cherry fruit. The palate is beautifully expressive with lovely fresh dark fruits. Very expressive with some grippy tannin on the finish. Ripe and lush but not at all jammy." It is recommended to decant this one for at least 1.5 hrs, but you can have it open in the bottle for up to 1 week, it will open very nicely.

3) 2006 Sanguinhal Touriga Aragonez
- $13.99
100% Aragonez (Tempranillo) - another varietal in Port.

4) 2009 Quinta Nova Pomares - $18.99
40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz - port blend
pretty ripe berry flavors.

5) 2009
Monte da Ravasquiera "Fonte de Serrana" - $14.99
Aragonez, Alicante Bochet, Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
I liked this one, it had Braille on the bottle label, for a blind tasting (pun).

6) 2009
Quinta Nova Colheita Duoro - $21.99
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cao Blend
"An unoaked cuvee. Spicy and chocolatey with a slightly balsalmic edge to the ripe blackberry and berry fruits. The palate is ripe, dense, and sweetly fruited with some spiciness and chocolatey richness"
I really enjoyed this one.

7) 2006 Quinta Nova LBV Port
- $29.99
LBV means Late Bottled Vintage. This one had an amazing nose, very perfumed wine, but it was a bit too sweet on the palate for my taste. I have not yet found a port that I adored, but I tasted this one just in case it was that one special port for me.

8) NV Quinta Nova CLA Port - $28.99
Same as above for me. I could inhale the nose all day long, but the palate just doesn't do it for me. The other folks at the tasting seemed to like these Ports however. I much preferred the other red wines mentioned above.

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