2012 Niepoort "Docil" Loureiro Vinho Verde (Elsewhere $15)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A knock-out, non-malolactic wine made from the Portuguese indigenous varietal Loureiro, the 2012 Docil Branco Vinho Verde is a terrific example of a dry white. Moreover, it demonstrates the potential for such wines when made by conscientious producers in Portugal (the Niepoort family has been making wines - primarily Port - since 1842). This consumer-friendly white offers abundant notes of green-apple skins, grapefruit, citrus and hints of wet rocks and spring flowers. Fresh, medium-bodied and bursting with fruit, purity, texture and appeal, this beauty stands out as one of the finest Vinho Verdes I have ever tasted. Enjoy it over the next year. (RP)
Niepoort has been an independent family owned and operated wine business since its inception in 1842. Most famous for their Port and Douro wines, they expanded their collective to include wine projects in areas as diverse as Spain and South Africa as well as other parts of Portugal. Hence the "Docil" project - a pure expression of the Vinho Verde wine region all from a single varietal - Loureiro. Not your typical frothy light-bodied style, the Docil is a richer more intense expression of the region with lime blossom, Anjou pear aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon and crushed rock on the palate. Highly expressive and really intriguing. Perfect quaffer going into spring and will drink great all through the summer.