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2009 Monte Velho Alentejo Portugal 13.5% $10
35% Roupeiro, 35% Antao Vaz, 30% Perrum

An interesting nose that lacks a little intensity, though it does bring together notes of mango, melon, thyme and peach in an interesting way. Nicely focused on entry, this is a bit lightweight but with lovely balance. The fruit is fresh on the palate and offers the sweetness of mature fruit, but retains excellent cut. Mostly in the apple end of the spectrum, there are some flourishes of sweet herbs, pineapple and a touch of vanilla here that yield to a bit of a mineral note on the modest finish. There's some savory length that re-appears here. Rather elegant and really well textured, if lacking a bit of intensity, this feels more expensive than it is. 88pts

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