VERA – meaning true, is a fresh and light as the maritime climate of northern Portugal. Drink it as my family does, chilled as an end-of-day relaxing drink, or as an accompaniment to light meals, like sushi and seafood, chicken, salads and pastas.'"
-Rui Abecassis and Bruce Schneider
"The 2011 Rose is a low alcohol pink, just 11.5%. It is a blend of 60% Vinhao and 40% Rabo-de-Anho, with a dark, deep, attractive color. It is sourced from vines aged 30-50 years old. It is my favorite of the group. This is, to use a phrase I’ve been tossing around of late, a “waiter with the water” wine, a reference to the old Ella Fitzgerald novelty tune. That is, you know it really is not overly serious in a sense, but you get seriously addicted to it anyway simply because it is done so well in its style. Let’s put it this way--it will certainly be one of the first bottles drained at any picnic this summer, so I am leaning up a bit. This bargain priced pink is simply invigorating, crisp, refreshing and quite delicious, with the depth of a red and the acidity of a white. It delivers tasty raspberry notes to the palate. Vinhao reds can be an acquired taste, but this blended pink gets it just right. Those bursts of acidity enliven it beautifully, yet they are reasonably well integrated. Keep it well chilled. Knock it back. It is simply perfect for a hot summer evening on the porch. You may wonder why you didn’t buy a case. Drink now-2014." - 88, Wine Advocate
Aromas of wild strawberries, red currant, and Meyer lemon zest. On the palate pink grapefruit and strawberry balanced by a refreshing minerality with a crisp elegant finish.
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