Friday, August 29, 2008

Gazela Vinho Verde 2007

Vinho Verde is the traditional wine of northern Portugal, meant to be drunk young and fresh. ("Verde" means green, and is a reference to youth, not the colour. The Gazela is a white, as is most exported vinho verde, although red is also made for the domestic market.) Vihno verde is lightly sparkling, low in alcohol and is meant to be light, acidic, crisp and floral - the ideal drink for a hot summer afternoon. The Gazela doesn't quite live up to these ideals. It is slightly cloying rather than crisp - vihno verde is tradionally very dry, but as in this case it is often made in a sweeter style for the export market - and the nose rather subdued and nondescript. But at the price, you can't complain too much.

Price: $10.29
Value: 3/5
Score: 83
Alcohol: 9%
Tasted: August 2008
ANBL UPC: 5601012045505

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