This is a perennial favorite and, outside of Vinho Verde, probably the best-known white of Portugal. Floral aromas bring to mind scents of lemongrass, lime and orange blossom, while the flavors brim with tangerines and tropical fruit, yet finish crisp and clean. It’s dry, light and mouthwatering, making it an ideal apéritif.
Wonderful aromas of orange blossoms and cream stay orangey right through to the long finish. Clove and cinnamon nuances provide complexity. Light on the palate and very refreshing; also very different—a unique style of wine. Best Buy.
With its flamboyant aromas of oranges, tangerines and apricots, this screams “Muscat” at the top of its lungs. The plump flavors of tropical and citrus fruits make it easy to like and easy to drink. Great as an apéritif.
Very perfumed and floral on the nose, with spicy, lychee notes that almost suggest Gewürztraminer, but don’t have the same weight or unctuous feel on the palate. It’s a light-bodied dry Muscat, rather unique and interesting, and makes nice counterpoint to various tapas.
From the Setúbal Peninsula near Lisbon, this dry white is made from the Moscatel grape that usually is turned into a sweet barrel-aged wine. Blasting aromas of orange blossoms, honey and lilacs. Light and lemony, it sports a persistent citrus finish. Could work well with grilled pork chops or shrimp.
Immediately striking, with bold musk and floral aromas that burst from the glass. Ripe, expansive melon and spice notes on the palate. Full-bodied and soft; not as refreshing as some vintages, but still a nice way to start a meal. Drink now.
Get after this one soon, for it seems to be fading. It’s already quite gold in color, indicating maturity. What it lacks in vivacity, however, is made up for in the bright lemon, pineapple and melon flavors. It’s a mixed bag of fruit, yet nothing really stands out.