Alvarinho: Gomariz does strike Gold & Tapada dos Monges 2009

I stand corrected, Quinta de Gomariz Alvarimho 2009 did strike gold, nothwithstanding my earlier blog here announcing the results of the Best of Vinho Verde Awards 2010.  It didn’t catch my eye in the awards because the result appears under Vinho Regional Minho not Vinho Verde (the grapes are not from the sub-region of Moncao).  Embarrassing and reassuring both!

Tapada dos Mongos Red 2009 Vinho Verde, made by Vinhos Norte, one of the region’s big players, also picked up a gold medal and, inspired by this news, last week I tasted Tapada dos Mongos Alvarinho 2009.  Perfumed with pear and lychee notes, it shows bright, well-defined, juicy pineapple (a little sour in a good way) and apricot to nose and palate.  A good, well balanced aromatic/fruit focused style of Alvarinho at 12.5% abv.  I’ll soon be writing up other wines from this range, though not the red.

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  1. Vítor Mendes

    Sara,

    Thank you so much for the correction. I see you´ll be in Vinho Verde region soon. Please tell me when you´re available to arrange a visit to our winery, you are very welcome!

    Cheers

    Vítor Mendes

  2. Vera Lima

    Hello Sarah,

    I am delighted to see you tasted our Tapada dos Monges Alvarinho 2009. Actually this wine has been launched in April 2010 and it achieve yet the Trophee Citadelle in the competition Les Citadelles du Vin 2010, in France. I would like to challenge you to taste our red, it´s very unique!

    Compliments,
    Vera Lima

    • sarah

      Hi Vera – not a challenge – I’d love to taste it – your colleague Jakub has my address for samples – I’d like to learn more about Vinhao.

  3. Jakub Wierzba

    Dear Sarah,

    Thanks for the comments on the Tapada dos Monges. Just to add a little bit of information, the Tapada dos Monges has just been awarded a Gold Medal at the Citadelles du Vin competition.

    Best Regards,

    Jakub Wierzba


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