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Adega Cooperativa de Alijo "Vale d'Anaias tinto Bruto", Vinho Espumante D.O. Douro
very dark red - purple, strong mousse, coarse bubbles.
expressive, ripe, sweet and spicy, beautiful fruit, with
impressions of cinnamon, cloves, cherries and brambles, juicy,
freshness, a hint of Port, very clean and some depth and even some
quite strong mousse, expressively fruity (cherry, berry and bramble),
rich mid-palate: very juicy and a little touch of sweetness, spices,
ample ripe tannins, fresh acidity, but also round, very clean,
honest and ripe young fruit, excellent balance between softness,
freshness, tannins and that tiny little touch of sweetness: mild, but
with enough exciting tension and character.
long, with fruit (brambles, cherries, berries), some pepper, cedar,
tannins, a tiny touch of sweetness, juicy, clean, nice tension, very
An exciting rarity: dry red sparkling Douro-wine with tannins, loaded
with beautiful fruit, good freshness, rich mid-palate, spicy nuances, a
hint of sweetness, very clean and original style with tension and an
excellent balance, lots of bubbles (a bit coarse though) surprisingly
delicious with good food.
- Drink it from now on, will keep for a few years: up to 2009 - 10
- This is something very
rare indeed. Why do we only "know" white sparkling wines, and since a
few years sparkling rosé. If a red wine contains carbon dioxide it is
most of the time only pétillant/frizzante and they are only a few local
specialties (some of the utterly delicious) mainly to be found
in Italy, Spain and Portugal. But serious purple bubbles, as
sparkling as Cava or Champagne you have to look very hard indeed to
find one. Well here we have got one and also a very good one. Produced
by a huge conglomerate of coops in the Douro Valley. Not the most
reliable producer, but as this wine and its Xisto Velho Grande Escolha 2000
shows clearly on the way up in a qualitative sense. Produced
by the Charmat method (bubbles originate from a re-fermentation in
big sealed and pressure-resistant tanks and bottled under pressure from
these tanks straight into the bottles) explaining the coarse mousse.
But the base wine used for this sparkling wine is very good: loaded
with scrumptious fruit. Sparkling wines is not my favored category, but
this wine has won me over. It is so honest and exuberant, you can not
but love its bubbly nature.
- lotnr.: L 08207
- tasted: 09-07-’07
- estimated retail price
ca. € 14,=
- average production: not
- Adega Cooperativa de Alijo, Mr. Marco Moura, Avenida 25 de Abril . nº 15 . 5070-011 ALIJÓ, tel: +351-259 959 101 . fax: +351-259 959 804 . e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , web site: www.adegalijo.com