BLIND TASTING with the people of QUINTA DA PELLADA
Once or twice a year, there’s a blind trial with the people from Quinta da Pellada, blind to them. For we take the wines, and the Eng Álvaro is responsible for the food. Sometimes (as this time) occurs in the house of the Engineer. Other times, we visit restaurants that are worth while in the Region.
I no longer remember the reason why this evidence came about (if there were any), but this was the 6th Edition. naturally, we try to take wines that are not obvious, or less known, or exceptionally good, or likely to nail down…
For starters, I told as soon I took two whites, a “Água-pé” (is a traditional alcoholic beverage from Portugal, with low alcohol content, resulting from the addition of water to grape bagasse and brandy), a red and a fortified. They were beyond me, the Eng. Álvaro de Castro, Maria Castro, Elisa Lobo and young winemaker Tiago, not long ago in the House.
The repast consisted of green asparagus as an entrée, a divinely tender grilled beef, and to finish an icy Camel’s drool, only in the reach of large cooks like Margarida.
So let’s go to the tasting wines:
- 221 ADEGA MÃE 2015
Producer: Adega Mãe
Alcohol Content: 12.5% Vol.
- 18 Points
Price: 23-25 euros
- PARCELA ÚNICA 2013
Region: Vinhos Verdes Region
Producer: Anselmo Mendes
Type: White Vinho Verde
Alcohol content: 13% Vol.
- 17,5 Points
When I uncovered the two bottles was the general surprise: no one had arrived there: that were 2 monocaste wines of Alvarinho… As soon as they knew that today they were just monocaste wines…
But we were all satisfied: the food was great, the company also, and the wines were to correspond…
Price: 28 euros
- GOUVYAS TOURIGA FÊMEA 2015
Producer: Bago de Touriga
Grape: Touriga Fêmea
Alcohol content: 13% Vol.
- 16,5 Points
And we followed that water-foot that I had promised. The temperature of the wine I think it was on point. Also the proof of this wine has already been published on the site, so I will not stretch much in your description. It was perhaps the least consensual wine. The engineer even liked the “joke” because he likes light wines… Elisa did not like it very much, because it reminded her of those “palhetos” wines that her relatives made… Tiago the youngest winemaker liked it. I liked it less than the two times before. But it was nice and a good experience…
Price: 14 euros
- JÚLIO BASTOS ALICANTE BOUSCHET 2007
Producer: Júlio Bastos
Grape: Alicante Bouschet
Alcohol content: 14% Vol.
- 18 Points
A intense wine, full-bodied, filled, tasty, with some velvet… and prolonged end. It is perfect to consume now, and it should no longer improve in bottle. You notice some rusticity in the aroma and flavour… But that, in my opinion, does nothing to your disadvantage. But the engineer Álvaro de Castro does not like this type of wines… I already knew that. He does not like these wines “too” intense and of that rustic component. Everyone else liked it. They understood the power of the wine well, and at the same time its velvet… It was naturally on purpose that I brought these two reds, so that we could then prove the 2 extremes… Most of the wines that we drink on a daily (and not only) are right in the middle… They all agreed with me, and they thought it was a curious experience…
Price: 78 euros
- BARBEITO MALVASIA 30 ANOS VÓ VERA
Producer: Barbeito Wines
Alcohol content: 20% Vol.
- 19 points
As Eng. Álvaro says, I usually bring a good candy. And in fact, this was one of the best, if not the best ever. The flavour and the aroma is soon a brutality: it’s just freshness, sea, iodine, some sweetness… It would be hours to smell this wine. Then in the mouth is a elegance difficult to describe… sweet, but not too… tasty, with notes of spices, dried fruit, and always a lot of freshness, with an almost perfect final Acidity. We should all drink this wine… And more than once. But, there are only 612 Bottles!! An exception wine in honor of Ricardo Diogo Freitas ‘ grandmother’. And the price is not sweet, of course. It was, consensually the best wine of the tasting… If you have the opportunity to get it don’t hesitate!…
Price: 250 euros
By Paulo Fernando to Wine4People, Pinhanços 2018