2014 Soalheiro "Primeiras Vinhas" Alvarinho Vinho Verde
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)
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)
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)
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.