Fresh, elegant palate, good minerality, long and persistent finish.
"Esporao domain was established in 1267 and is owned by the Roquette family since 1973. Our wines explore the richness of the regional heritage and terroirs, the diversity of grape varieties and vinification techniques combined with a creative and contemporary approach. For better quality, minimum ecological impact and healthier wines, we chose to produce as close to nature as possible. This single varietal wine captures the essence of the Verdelho grape which is well adapted to the terroir of the Esporao domain. The 2012 harvest was marked by an annual rainfall well below average and a hot summer with cool nights eventually lending a low production but a high quality well concentrated grapes. In the region this rare combination frequently results in great wines." - Winery Notes "The 2012 Verdelho V, tank-fermented, is crisp and dry. This is a bottling from the winery that I've come to like a lot for warm-weather quaffing. It is not particularly concentrated, but it is typically a bit herbaceous, invigorating and refreshing - at a very nice price. So, too, this year. As it warms, it shows surprising tension on the finish. You can knock this back without guilt and enjoy every moment. In a lineup often filled with bargains, this is a consistent one from Esporao. The winery suggests that it can last usefully until, say, 2016. Iâ€™ll go along with that, but peak performance may be another issue. I don't see any reason to wait. It won't get any better and what it does best is be fresh and invigorating. It does have surprising grip on the finish as it warms, though. Drink now-2016." - Parker