2008 Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde

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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.

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2010  | Send Email
Notes of citrus and minerals paired with a slight fizz lead to an easy drinking wine that pairs perfectly with seafood or salad. Bright, crisp and refreshing, sure to be a hit anytime.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/25/2010  | Send Email
Vinho Verde is not a wine that you retreat to your study, home office or wherever in the middle of the night to contemplate the shadows and lucubrate over. It is chiefly a wine of pure, radiant sunlight, impulsive spontaneity and 'joie de vivre', or whatever the equivalent phrase is in Portuguese. Quinta Aveleda has, by carefully blending the traditional Portuguese VV varietals, pretty much captured the essence of this special summer conceit. Festive seafood-friendly salads and fresh shellfish will rise to the task, but you can enjoy it's shimmering lime-laden effervescence on its own.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2010  | Send Email
Wow! I mean whoa! I mean...uh, wow, that's pretty darn cool. This got 90 points in both Wine Enthusiast and Wine and Spirits, which is enough of an endorsement I suppose to drop a mere 9 bones on it. But take it from this guy, points or no points, you have to try this wine. It's so racy, zippy and lip smacking, it's almost tart. It's like drinking a really lythe, elegant lime-ade. Positively thirst quenching. I had this with a simple salad of arugala, yellow and white beets, peas and some peppered goat cheese dressed with some nice olive oil and I couldn't imagine a better quaffer to wash it down. Serve it very well chilled to accentuate all it's refreshing qualities. A quick note; even just 5 or 6 years ago, you would want to drink all vinho verdes the year following the vintage as they tended to fall apart after about a year in the bottle. But like the Albarinos of Galicia just north of here in Spain, the wines are being so well made these days, they certainly hold up much longer and may even get better with a little bottle age. Don't, however, lay down a case in your cellar. You want to drink this wine tonight. Wow, I'm thirsty! And it's only 10:15 a.m. CM

 By: thomas vogelbacher |  Review Date: 9/23/2010 
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served it for women who usually do not like white wine. They loved it for being not complicated, deep and that is what I expect from a wine at a party. Alvarinhos are not critics` darling, but soo tasty and refreshing, yummy

 By: Mary Hallman |  Review Date: 5/23/2010 
Lovely, but lacking the freshness of the typical Vino Verde. The wine has matured in the bottle, and now approaches a fuller Chardonnay or Pinot Gris - nice but not Vino Verde. For the classic experience of Vino Verde, try a non-vintage.

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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