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Monday, August 24, 2009

2008 Bodega Don Cristobal 1942 Verdelho

I really enjoy these clean and crisp wines during the summer and what's even better is that they are often amazingly aromatic and complex white wines.

Verdelho is a grape varietal that is indigenous to Portugal and is one of the most widely planted white grape varietals on the island of Madeira.

This Verdelho is actually made from grapes planted in Argentina's most well known wine appellation, Mendoza. The tech data was somewhat difficult to track down but I believe the wine is stainless steal fermented because I don't detect any oak influence, but it's quite possible it sees some neutral oak barrels. The texture of the wine is notably rounded and a bit oily.

The Bouquet expresses extremely fragrant aromas of bright grapefruit, mandarin, kiwi, lime, honeydew melon, and Acacia flower. It's actually one of the more fragrant white wines I have smelt in a long time. It's almost like a Sauvignon Blanc with much of the aromas but perhaps a bit more exotic.

On the palate the wine has a round and weighty texture which is the only thing that makes me wonder if the wine is fully fermented in steel, or if it sees some neutral oak. The flavors profile is largely dominated by citrus fruits such of pink grapefruit, mandarin, clementine, and tangelo. There is also some nice tropical notes of kiwi and a hint of honeysuckle or white blossom.

It's a very interesting wine that is quite expressive both on the nose and the palate. The ideal food pairing is quiet perplexing to me, but I believe seafood is the best bet. The only thing I would worry about is the wine overpowering delicate flavored seafood. If any of you foodies have a food pairing suggestion I would love to hear about it! 87 Points

 
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