2009 Aphros "Silenus" Vinhão Vinho Verde
Aphros wines are all produced from certified biodynamic grapes, in an area where farming this way, due to the humid climate, is not easy. Proprietor Vasco Croft is commited to biodynamics, and all of the Aphros wines are beautiful expressions of the terroir in the Lima sub-zone of Vinho Verde. A very serious expression of vinhao grapes, this beauty has a rich, spicy, syrah like aromatic profile. These scents carry over to the palate, full of black cherries and other dark fruits, with a suggestion of orange pekoe tea, and a pleasant steeped cardamamom taste towards the finish. Given the terrific acid-driven structure of this wine, it will surely be exciting to see its development in bottle. A serious wine for the intrepid explorer of Portuguese wines.