2008 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde
90 points Wines & Spirts: "Lean and focused as a young wine, this is packed with fruit and mineral flavors. Spend some time with the wine and you might find orange blossom, lemon and lime pith, peach skin and smoky minerality. The tartness will round out with a few months of bottle age. For any fruits de mer." (8/09) 90 points and a "Best Buy" Wine Enthusiast: "From Aveleda’s home estate, this is quintessential dry Vinho Verde with a delicious burst of citric freshness lifted by a texture that has a light prickle. It bounces from the glass, crisp and refreshing." (12/15/09) There is nothing like a slightly fizzy, lime tinged, low alcohol vinho verde to kick spring into high gear. Quinta da Aveleda is a quite large, family owned producer of vinho verde, and one of the very best, consistently making delicious tasting white wine from a blend of trajadura, Loureiro, alvarinho and other indigenous varieties, all grown on their own 160 hectares. Drink this with or without food, though it is undoubtedly tough to beat when enjoyed outdoors in warm, sunny weather.