Vinho Verde


Crisp, low in alcohol and sometime slightly frizzante, Vinho verde is a classic summer refresher.
 
 
Fine fruit on the nose, melon with floral accents supporting almost muscat-ey lychee aromas On the palate this is cool and crisp, bright and finely mineral on entry with a nice mid-palate richness that highlights bright yet integrated acids and  fine mineral laced melon and tart apple flavors that show fine persistence on the finish. 87pts
 
 
 
Lime peel, a little white peach pit and dusty mineral notes with a lightly floral top note greets the nose. This is bright, juicy in the mouth with lovely fruit that is bright with a hint of orange oil over lime flavors and a nice hint of sweetness on the tart finish. Supremely refreshing. 86pts 
 
 
 
Earthy on the nose with a bit of sulfur from bottling but beneath that one finds a little  lime leaf and sweet lime and Meyer lemon fruit. Soft and juicy on entry, this shows off fresh lemon and watermelon rind flavors on the palate with a nice dusty almost floral quality in the mouth leading to a soft fairly short finish.  85pts
 
 
 
A little yeasty on the nose with  some green pear and lemon fruit aromas. On entry this is refreshingly  mineral and lightly frizzante with green pear and lime flavors on the light palate ending with a clean, fresh and brief finish. 83pts
 
 

Alvarinho

Less well known that is Spanish cousin, the Alvarinho of Portugal is a distinctive example of this variety, and one that can age surprisingly well as was shown with this mini vertical.
 
 
Quinta da Aveleda Alvarinho
 
 
A little diesel on the nose is layered under aromas of ripe peach with kiwifruit top notes. This shows great cut, a touch of sugar roundness supporting floral almost white peach, candied pink grapefruit and kiwi fruit flavors that lead to a zesty finish that shows a little melon with a gently fading sweetness. 87pts
 
 
Candied lime tops an umami laced nose that is quite dusty and polleny.  This is  a little loose on the palate, ripe and peachy and rather lazy in the mouth showing hints of cream and pineapple on the moderately long finish.  84pts
 
 
Deeply aromatic if evolved on the nose with  lots of dried apricot fruit and hints of white pepper, honeycomb, with some steeliness and a machine oil accent.  Nice and firm if lean in the mouth with excellent focus and fine mineral notes under clear if lean almost grapefruity, slightly pithy fruit, with a creamy edge. Showing good length on the very clean and fresh finish. This remains elegant with a fine tension in the mouth. 88pts