Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas wine #4 Pera-Manca Branco 07

posted by drud
My christmas wine for the traditional Bacalhau dish in Portugal had to be Pêra-Manca this year. I am a fan of the wines of Fundação Almeida, but had yet to try one of their top wines, the Pêra-Manca. The white is made from the Alentejo grapes Arinto and Antão-Vaz picked from granite soils. It's aged for 10 to 12 months in steel vats and french oak. Hereafter, it rests for 6 months more in the bottle.

Pêra-Manca 07
Nose of honey, flowers, and distinct tone of green almonds/hazel.
Nicely balanced with an apple/pear thing going on, ending with a finish of hazel. One would have guessed Chardonnay. Locally bought at 25 €, 91P

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