2011 Adega Cooperativo Regional de Monçao "Muralhas de Monçao" Vinho Verde

SKU #1093696 Wine Spectator

 Minerally and bright-tasting, with good structure behind the cherry and white plum flavors, which linger with plenty of spiciness on the finish. (Web Only- 2012)

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A delicious, higher-end Vinho Verde for those who would like to try something a step up from the under $10 examples in this emerging category. Made from 70% Alvarhinho and 30% Trajadura, it's just plain delicious, with snappy green fruits, citrus and just a hint of dissolved CO2 providing a refreshing, subtle effervescence. From The Wines & Vineyards of Portugal: "The Monçao cooperative is the single largest producer of Alvarinho, accounting for more than half the production of the Monçao sub-region. It has grown from the original 25 growers who founded it in 1958, to over 1,700, farming over 1,000 hectares, in 2006. In common with most cooperatives, grapes are selected by their sugar reading rather than terroir. It is a testament to the success of the Monçao Co-op that 'Muralhas' is one of the most reliable and best known Vinho Verdes in the thousands of fish restaurants that line the coast of Portugal from Lisbon to the Minho."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2012 | Send Email
The historic fortified town of Monçao, located on the beautiful Río Minho that unwinds along the Spanish border in northwest Portugal, offers a fascinating story of desperate ingenuity and intrepid survival. During the mid-14th century as it was mercilessly besieged by Spanish troops and nearing collapse from repeated assault and starvation, a resourceful woman named Deu-la-Deu Martins asked that all the remaining flour be gathered and baked into loaves of bread which she then hurled from the parapets at the surprised Spaniards. Convinced that the town was in no danger of surrendering anytime soon, the frustrated troops withdrew their long siege, saving Monçao from certain destruction. The town is still blessed with intimate medieval charm, but today it's better known for its delicious Vinho Verdes than its fabled lady of the loaves. Muralhas de Monçao is named for the granite walls from which those sacrificial loaves were tossed, and when you taste this delicately effervescent, more sophisticated version with its dazzling, complex flavors of lemon zest, summer melon and apricot, with a suave mineral underpinning, you'll have no difficulty tossing a few glasses down yourself.
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