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Esporao Verdelho 2014 750ML 2014

Esporao Verdelho 2014 750ML 2014

Sku: P58770

I might usually select a wine for this feature that is more esoteric, however, I cannot ignore the pleasures of the wines of Esporão, which are always correct and present a modern sensibility. This vibrant white wine is pale in color with flecks of green. It has amazing persistence of flavor that you taste across the palate and continue sensing in the throat:  lime zest, green pear, white pepper, and acacia blossom. Herbal tones, like crushed anise, contribute to the wine’s structure and impressive finish. Overall, it is agreeably balanced and refined. 
~ Sadie, 67Wine Buyer

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Verdelho is a grape varietal that probably comes from Madeira. Aside from that tiny island famous for its fortified wine, Verdelho is planted to a small degree in Alentejo in Portugal; Savennieres in the Loire Valley (Savennieres, really? Yes); and Australia. In the hot, dry climate of Alentejo, it is able to maintain its freshness when ripe.
~ Sadie, 67Wine Buyer

Food pairing
I was recently reminded of this wine at a Portuguese wine luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in New York. It was served as the reception wine, yet I found myself holding on to it and revisiting it throughout four courses. This versatile white works with everything from fish to barbecued chicken, but it was a particular pairing with the bacalao (salt cod) at the Ritz that struck my fancy. To begin, this was no ordinary bacalao: It was the most outstanding version of the dish I’ve ever had. The cod was tender and not too salty, resting on a bed of farro, which is slightly chewy by nature. A drizzle of butter sauce was just enough to taste indulgent and pull the dish together. Esporão Verdelho, with its persistence and bright hints of acidity was just the thing to sip in between bites to offset the dish’s savory creaminess. 
~ Sadie, 67Wine Buyer

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Country: Portugal
Type: Still wine

Reg. $12.99

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