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Quinta Do Ameal Loureiro Vinho Verde 2015

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94 points Mark Squires (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Loureiro (bottled January 19, 2016) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. I've been talking a lot about the great 2015s and also about how well this estate has performed over the years... this has to go down as one of the best moments for the 'regular' Loureiro in this fine estate's history... this 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive. It is one of the more aromatic wines I've had from Ameal. It is fun to just smell in its youth, very floral and almost exotic. It is also remarkably powerful. If it seemed quite nice on the first day, then on the second day the big acidic core took over, a hint of herbs popped up and it became even more powerful. The fine tension on the finish allows the fruit to linger and grip the palate. The juicy finish can make you drool. Reasonable in body for the grape, which in some years is more on the ethereal side, it seems multilayered, transparent and bursting with controlled flavor. As good as it was on the first two days, it seemed like the essence of Loureiro on the third day... this is built to age and we might have to wait a few years to be sure how truly great it is. If you don't know top-end Vinho Verde and Ameal, you may be shocked at that. This will become more complex and (I suspect) flesh out over the next few years... This is something you can buy a case (or two) of and likely drink happily over the next 15+ years. It will be something different and wonderful every time you come back to it. Drink: 2017-2034. (Apr 2016)

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QUINTA DO AMEAL Quinta do Ameal has won various awards and received coverage in the leading trade magazines. It is devoted to the development of the Loureiro grape variety, having launched Quinta do Ameal - Escolha, which is already considered as one of the best Portuguese white wines on the market. The wine, made using 100% Loureiro grape variety, is fermented and aged in new French oak barre... Read more
QUINTA DO AMEAL Quinta do Ameal has won various awards and received coverage in the leading trade magazines. It is devoted to the development of the Loureiro grape variety, having launched Quinta do Ameal - Escolha, which is already considered as one of the best Portuguese white wines on the market. The wine, made using 100% Loureiro grape variety, is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 6 months. The floral character of the Loureiro blends perfectly with the wood aromas, adding to the overall complexity. Quinta do Ameal is already recognised as one of the region's great success stories. Gold Medal and Trophy 2000 and 2001 - C.V.R.V.V. (Vinho Verde Regional Viticulture Committee); Gold Medal 2000 Label Competition - C.V.R.V.V.; Best Buy Award 2000 and 2001 - "Revista de Vinhos"; 2000 and 2001 Best in the Region - "Revista de Vinhos". It is also available at the finest restaurants and wine merchants in the country and currently exports to countries including Belgium, Holland, USA, Canada, Spain, England, Norway, Austria, Germany and Bordeaux in France. The Ameal wines where also been recognised by important sectors of the international wine press, including Jancis Robinson (Wine of the week ), Steven Spurrier( Decanter-Best Old World White), Hugh Johnson, Guido Francque, Tom Marthinsen, Matthew Jukes, Paula Bosch,Wine&Spirits, Harpers, Washington Post, Finantial Times, Revue des Vins, among others. The Ameal vineyards are referred to in the annals of the Refóios do Lima convent, which were written some time before 1710. The ancient Quinta do Ameal is situated in one of the oldest parishes in Portugal, establisded even before the country itself (1143). Quinta do Ameal wine is produced in this sub-region of Lima, where the Loureiro grape variety is at its most aromatic and tasty. The wine is characterised by its freshness and youth, possessing a floral and fruity aroma. The whole production process is closely controlled and monitored with the different phases taking place under the watchful eye of experts who are responsible for areas including oenology and viticulture. There is a meticulous selection of grapes, with fermentation at controlled temperatures, automatic rinsing, bottling and labelling and a constant use of the best possible methods or production equipment (e.g. pumps for whole grapes and a pneumatic press). Quinta do Ameal boasts a rich environmental heritage and, in addition to its vines, it is notable for its stunning woodland, which contains oak-trees, walnut-trees and centuries-old stone pines, forming an area of outstanding natural beauty next to the banks of the river Lima. It is considered to be property with exceptional agricultural and ecological potential, as well as an area of historical significance. Today, it is recognised as one of the producers of Portuguese Loureiro varietal wines that is most involved in and responsible for the development of this grape variety. Read less

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94 points Mark Squires (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Loureiro (bottled January 19, 2016) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. I've been talking a lot about the great 2015s and also about how well this estate has performed over the years... this has to go down as one of the best moments for the 'regular' Loureiro in this fine estate's history... this 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive. It is one of the more aromatic wines I've had from Ameal. It is fun to just smell in its youth, very floral and almost exotic. It is also remarkably powerful. If it seemed quite nice on the first day, then on the second day the big acidic core took over, a hint of herbs popped up and it became even more powerful. The fine tension on the finish allows the fruit to linger and grip the palate. The juicy finish can make you drool. Reasonable in body for the grape, which in some years is more on the ethereal side, it seems multilayered, transparent and bursting with controlled flavor. As good as it was on the first two days, it seemed like the essence of Loureiro on the third day... this is built to age and we might have to wait a few years to be sure how truly great it is. If you don't know top-end Vinho Verde and Ameal, you may be shocked at that. This will become more complex and (I suspect) flesh out over the next few years... This is something you can buy a case (or two) of and likely drink happily over the next 15+ years. It will be something different and wonderful every time you come back to it. Drink: 2017-2034. (Apr 2016)

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