We kicked off the 25th Virtual Wine Tasting event with this Alvarinho. The winemaker has allowed some skin contact during fermentation so I was hoping for a rounder, fuller bodied wine. We tasted it at room temperature and then chilled. Here is what the group thought of this wine.
Pale straw colored with citrus, pineapple, yellow apple and saline on the nose. Someone caught a whiff of petrol and we decided that the smell of Vaseline was an appropriate moniker. Medium acidity and light bodied this wine has medium intensity flavors of honey, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, yellow apple and I sensed brioche. I gave this version 11 marks on the VWTC score sheet.
The chilled version was crisper and had more prominent aromas and flavors. Saline, honeysuckle and brioche with far less apple/citrus notes on the nose. The palate had melon, grapefruit, pineapple and we felt the acidity was more prominent. The wine had more body and scored 13 marks with me. Overall this $20 gets 89 points from me, which is a far cry from the monster scores the pros gave. I will re-taste tonight and report back if there is any significant change to my assessment of this 3 star effort. Drink now with seafood or a chicken salad. Salut….