2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Branco Quinta Da Aveleda is a screwcapped blend of 70% Loureiro and 30% Alvarinho, unoaked and coming in at 11.5% alcohol. There is no added carbonation. This was seen earlier this year, but it was tasted only a few weeks after bottling. It is worth revisiting with some time in the bottle. This is typically a super value, real wine at a bargain-basement price. So, too, this year. It seems even better now. This is bright and crisp, but the wonderful fruit is the reason you buy this. Expressive and exuberant, it tastes great, yet the fruit is perfectly lifted, too, making the wine seem sunny and lively. Its unctuous texture on opening, despite the crispness, is sexy and it is persistent on the finish. For this price level, at least, it also has fine concentration and it even seems to flesh out a bit the next day. Now that this has rounded into form, I'm wondering if it is the best one I've seen in this brand from Aveleda. As it airs and warms, the fine structure takes over and it shows off that big tension on the finish along with a some notable herbaceous notes. It's a bit grassy and green, no doubt picked for good acidity. They hold pretty well, too, as Aveleda has periodically proven to me--not that there is really a lot of point to doing so. It will do best when it is young and fresh. Keep your expectations in order--this is lighter-styled and not meant to be big, rich and fat, even in Vinho Verde terms. (MS)
Wine & Spirits
This estate-grown blend of loureiro and alvarinho has clean flavor and depth in 2015, its ripeness captured in tart green pear and sweeter lime flavors. There’s a salty snap to the fresh finish, delicious with pan-roasted sea bass or most anything else from the sea. A steal at the price.
A perennial staff and customer favorite, this Vinho Verde continues to deliver the goods, the fizzy, citrus-drenched, delicious goods. If you're looking for a poolside, picnic, or patio sipper, this wine never disappoints.