JPR Vila Santa Reserve white 2012 regional Alentejo
Tasted November 2013
Grapes - Arinto, Alvarinho and Sauvignon Blanc.
Appearance - clear and bright lemon hue with medium intensity.
Nose - clean, youthful and of medium plus intensity. Ripe stone fruits, some citrus notes, undefined tropical hints, oaky vanilla, some buttery traces and some cooked pear.
Palate - dry, medium plus acidity, medium alcohol and body. Medium flavor intensity is focused once more on ripe stone fruits, citric lemon and sweetened orange peel notes, ripe tropical nuances, some cooked pear, oaky notes, a touch of ginger spice and some green apple shavings on the medium plus length.
Conclusions (17/20) - very good quality wine has a nice supple body and very good fruit weight, giving way to a very pleasing mouth filling texture. A refreshing acidity and citric nuances are cutting through the richness. Savory and fairly complex palate, will develop further in bottle for the next couple of years, too much oaky character for now. Some palates will surely love it right away. Seems to be a nice match to some richer fish dishes or light meats.
It did match fairly well with thin sliced eggplant, covered with mozzarella and parmigiano, seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano, which was oven baked.
Approximate retail price - €10
Note: sample kindly provided by João Portugal Ramos