2015 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro-Alvarinho Vinho Verde

SKU #1252964 90 points 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)  (8/2016)

90 points 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.

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
A blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho, this Portugese white is the perfect companion for long, lazy summer afternoons. Dry and crisp in style and low in alcohol, this light-bodied wine neither tires nor dulls the senses but rather enlivens and refreshes. Lightly floral with bright citrus notes, there is a slight effervescence here that only emphasizes the wine's youthful exuberance.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2016 | Send Email
This bright and semi-fizzy white is a great way to start a meal or to have at a picnic or to just plain enjoy by itself! Dry, with white stone fruits and peach notes, it pairs up very well with spicy foods. I like mine with ceviche.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2016 | Send Email
Vinho Verde is the rising star of Portuguese winemaking and for good reason. This impossibly refreshing white is light on its feet, tastes like melons and citrus, and sports a cleansing effervescence that is immediately and addictively quenching. Drink this one poolside or pair with appetizers.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Full of effervescent exuberance and zesty citrus and exotic fruit flavors, Vinho Verde is the perfect poolside, picnic or party anytime white wine. Made by the same family since the 17th century, Aveleda is by far the largest producer of Vinho Verde in Portugal, with production now exceeding 13 million bottles, each one destined to satisfy the consumer craving for a crisp, fresh, fragrant and highly enjoyable wine. Stock up now, summer is coming!
Top Value!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2016 | Send Email
Quite simply the perfect wine for a springtime afternoon cocktail! Also just about perfect with light aperitifs.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2016 | Send Email
There is no bad time to drink Vinho Verde, but there is no better time than the warm spring and summer months. Aveleda delivers light, crisp, citrus-drenched Vinho Verde vintage after vintage, and this bottle is no exception. This wine is dangerously drinkable, and it's the perfect accompaniment to backyard BBQs or other outdoor celebrations.

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Alcohol Content (%): 11.5