2014 Soalheiro "Primeiras Vinhas" Alvarinho Vinho Verde

SKU #1254000 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Alvarinho Primeiras Vinhas sees a bit of wood (about 15% of the juice was in used barrels), but you'll hardly notice. The point here is to display the producer's "First Vines" from the Quinta, some 40-years-old. It is very dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. Showing a little green in its youth, this is most notable for its tightly-wound demeanor and its fine tension on the finish. It is essence of Alvarinho. The wine seems graceful and perfectly balanced, yet gripping on the finish (MS)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe while still so fresh, this is a tangy, citrus-flavored wine. It has a rich creamy character that fills the mouth with a fine array of fruits, yellow fruits and pink grapefruit. The wine is ready to drink. (RV)  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A taut and powerful white, with concentrated minerally notes to the kiwifruit, green apple and Key lime pie flavors. Herbal accents show on the zesty finish. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (7/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 The aroma is really difficult to describe – it has a chalky minerality, spice and also a delicate but ripe stone-fruit character with a touch of clementine. Bone dry and so refined in texture. Scented on the mid palate with a delicious almost sour freshness on the aftertaste. A wine of real finesse that has both delicacy and persistence and finishes in a way that just makes you want to take the next mouth-watering sip. (JH) 17/20 points.  (11/2015)

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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 (%): 12.5