Douro White - Quinta de Covela Eschola Branco 2005

January 16, 2010

With a couple of days of meeting in Naples slated for this week, it made sense to come down a couple of days early to spend the weekend with my grand parents.  It’s  very fortunate for someone my age to still have folks like this in my life, and I do my best to see them when ever I can.  Tonight Gram was making a szechuan stir fry, and so while out on errands, I stopped by the local ABC looking for something to go with it…mind you Pop is a very frugal guy, and so I have to be careful what I spend, and it had to be reasonable.   I perused the sauvingon blanc from Chile and N.Z., some Gruner Vetliners and Gerwurtztraminers from Alsace and Germany, a couple of Ruedas, but nothing was grabbing me…so I went looking for some Vinho Verde form Portugal, always a good deal and usually quite refreshing…still nothing, and then just as I was about to commit to a Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, I swung back to Potugal and found the Covela coming in at $14…it sounded interesting… Avesso, Chardonnay, and “other” grapes.  It turned out to be a perfect match.   A bit spicy in it own right, with a seductive mid palate, and mild acids in the finish…more floral in the mouth than on the nose, this was a pleasant white discovery, from an area ( Douro) that we have grown fond of for the rich and value oriented reds that it produces form grapes originally destined for Port.  Two minutes after a sip, I still have remnants creeping around my lips…pretty darn impressive for the price, and a 2005 bottling to boot.
nice little post about the wine here….
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