If you're like me and enjoy tasting a few varieties of wine next to one another, thereby easing the ability to compare and contrast, then this is the place to come! Vinología offers tastings of 3 or 6 varieties of port (yes only port!) and there are so many to choose from!
Did you know that there's such a thing as white port??? I did not.
It's great! Well, at least I found one that I love.
To start, I chose a variety of whites to try: an extra dry, a half dry, and a sweet.
Here's what I found:
#1. Extra Dry White Porto Portal
Color: pale straw
In mouth: dry and fruity but not very well balanced.
#2. CJ Casal dos Jordoes White Port Half Dry
Nose: also flowery... rose? I can't think of that many flowers.
In mouth: This is my fav! I love it. It's super well balanced and very easy to drink. I asked the waiter about it and he said that it was the only organic producer they have!
#3. Porto Fine White Quita Santa Eufemia
Color: Darker brown straw
In mouth: dried pineapple, honey, marmalade, and spicy? to be honest, I have a hard time distinguishing aromas and tastes in these sweeter ports with higher alcohol content. They pack a punch, and for me it's hard to get past that.
This is definitely a fun new find though and I'll look forward to tasting more!
Now, as I've become quite friendly with the two waiters in the past half hour or so, I am given another glass to try. This one: not a port - a Muscatel do Douro. I love it! Quita das Lamelas (photo below). The french guy from Bordeaux (I'm guessing the owner) asks me what I smell... I have no clue. Roses and Lichee, he says. Who knew! Very bizarre but very true and so wonderful. Highly recommended.
Next... I was so enthusiastic about the organic semi sweet white port that the waiter brought me the Red 10 year Port by the same producers... just to try ;)
I'm a fan of this one too... and can't help getting all "Boulder" and loving it just because it's organic... notes of cinnamon remind me of home and would be great with a big piece of apple pie... hey America!