2007 Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde, Portugal (Pre-Arrival)

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92 points and a "Winery of the Year" desigation from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Ever since the Guedes family decided to put their best selection of loureiro, trajadura and alvarinho into their quinta wine, the quality has risen dramatically. This 2007 is full of fruit, a lasting peach flavor targeted with laserlike acidity through a lasting finish. It has the bite of the salty ocean air and a lot of zing. For langoustines." (10/08) Vinho Verde is not revered, but my argument is this: does it need to be? Can't a wine just be delicious without all of the pretense and hype? Isn't the purpose and intention of wine to drink it? The Quinta de Aveleda, if nothing else, is a wine that is supposed to be consumed, to be enjoyed. Alone, at a party, with food, as a cocktail, when it's 90 degrees outside or 27 degrees and snowing, it really doesn't matter. This wine is simply, unmistakably delicious. With the trademark fizziness of the region and plenty of cleansing acidity, this is one of the best wines in recent memory from this much-maligned region. Full of crushed stone, Meyer lemon zest, quince and key lime flesh this is surely for fans of crisp and racy whites. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a one-trick pony, though; this has more complexity than most domestic chardonnays and will stand up to some serious food. I had a bottle recently with carnitas and it was amazing. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
With the exception of the 100% Alvarinho Vinho Verde that we have on our shelves (that is in a class of its own), the Quinta de Aveleda is the best Vinho Verde I've ever tasted. Absolutely delicious. Fresh, sparkling, refreshing. Packed with great minerality, pear and lime. Perfect for those hot summer nights.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2008  | Send Email
This is my new favorite Vinho Verde. Juicy citrus fruit starts you off with great crispness. What makes this wine is the finish of salty lime zest that goes on and on. This is a great wine for seafood dinners.
Top Value!

 By: John Griffin |  Review Date: 7/12/2009 
It's July. Come on people embrace the Vinho Verde! Portugal is a rising star, and this great example of its classic summer sipper will appeal to most anyone.

 By: Joe |  Review Date: 7/10/2009 
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My first foray into the world of Vinho Verde won't be my last. At 11.5% apv, I'm amazed at how well the light fizz adds a touch of variete to the fruity minerality, making this go down as easy as juice. Delicious, alcoholic juice.

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Other White Wines

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Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
Alcohol Content (%): 11.5