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Alta Mesa Cellars Verdelho Silvaspoons Vineyards 2008

Member Review by tommyvino:

100% Verdelho which is a varietal originally from the Portuguese isle of Madeira where it is normally used to make a fortified wine. An aromatic nose of citrus, pineapple, and touch of banana with slight mineral undertones. The tropical fruit really comes across on the palate with a rich almost oily like texture. Dry, rich and full bodied, with very bright acidity, and a plush lingering finish. This is a big rich (14.7% abv) white without all the oak manipulation you usually get from typical California wines. Even though the alcohol is high the wine is so balanced I don't really notice it. If you like Rhone whites this could be a great alternative besides how much varietal Verdelho do you see made in CA?... Ya this is the only one I've tried. 4/5

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Snooth User: tommyvino
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Vintage: 2007 03/11/2009

100% Verdelho which is a varietal originally from the Portuguese isle of Madeira where it is normally used to make a fortified wine. An aromatic nose of citrus, pineapple, and touch of banana with slight mineral undertones. The tropical fruit really comes across on the palate with a rich almost oily like texture. Dry, rich and full bodied, with very bright acidity, and a plush lingering finish. This is a big rich (14.7% abv) white without all the oak manipulation you usually get from typical California wines. Even though the alcohol is high the wine is so balanced I don't really notice it. If you like Rhone whites this could be a great alternative besides how much varietal Verdelho do you see made in CA?... Ya this is the only one I've tried. 4/5



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