2008 Aveleda Alvarinho Vinho Verde

SKU #1058945

92 points Wines & Spirits "While the aroma is flinty and a little undeveloped, the flavors already show layers of fruit, from Mandarin orange and lime to white peach and an anise-like fennel note. The contrast between smoky richness and freshness makes this a luscious wine to enjoy in late summer with lobster and corn on the cob, both off the grill. 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A full style of Vinho Verde, with fruit tannins giving a tight structure to the intense grapefruit juice. The wine is bone dry, achingly so to start, but then rounding sufficiently as the fine fruit flavors kick in." (12/15/2009) Do not confuse this 100% Alvarinho (in Spain we know it as Albariño) with the lighter, fizzy vinho verde from this house that many of us have come to know and love. Rather, this wine comes from pure granitic soils in the Moncao sub-zone, where Avarinho reaches its ultimate expression. It is a bit more serious, with crisp appley flavors and a stern minerality that will make any other $10-12 Albariño you have had seem simple and boring by comparison.

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