Sunday, February 28, 2010

Red From Portugal, White From Italy

My wife had a birthday...and I always know what to give her as a present...she loves flowers. I can also use them as a background to the wines!!!

Early to mid-90's I drove down to Portugal for golfing holidays on the Algarve. I took along my own wines...we stayed in a house...and ate out sometimes. I took my own wine along...as...except for a few Vinho Verde...the rest were poor. On the last visit...around 1995...I found a small wine shop in the village...and...amid all the dross...there were 'higher' priced wines. I tried a couple...and decided I could maybe stop bringing wines with me. As it turned out...that was my last visit. The wine tried here...reminded me of that first impression...
Quinta de Santa Ana Reserva Tinto 2005
Estremadura, Portugal
A dead-ringer for a Rhône...intense middle palate...meat and spice...marzipan...the tannins just so delicious...complimenting the fruit...it has a hefty 14.5 %...but is so well balanced...you just don't notice it. Went VERY well with a Pizza...
Points 17.5







Next evening...with some Antipasti...a white from Southern Italy...




The Flying Doctor of Walla Walla recently tried a Fiano...a native grape of South Italy...maybe his ancestors were responsible for smuggling some into Australia.
Colli di Lapio Fiano de Avellino 2008
Campania, Italy
Aromas of peach, melons and some sweet grapefruit....this reminds me in style of a Grüner Veltliner...but maybe more delicate...although there were some almonds...and a touch of oiliness...and some minerals. Put this in a GV blind tasting. The sun was peeping round the clouds at the time...so thoughts of spring came to mind...but as I write this post...there is a storm brewing.
Points 16.5

1 comment:

Edward said...

Barry,

All sorts of problems trying to leave a comment, largely from my end and my on and off again internet connection. . .

No luck finding more Fiano (Oz or Italian) in my corner of the world. Did manage to locate some Austrian desert wine though, so not a total loss.

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