2013 Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho Vinho Regional Minho
Wine & Spirits
Aveleda’s estate wine continues to evolve, this vintage combining the granitic power of alvarinho (20 percent of the blend) with the lemon-lime freshness of loureiro (80 percent, leaving trajadura aside). A textbook Vinho Verde with plenty of acidity tied to its grapefruit flavors, this will brighten any summer party, especially if there’s grilled fish on the menu.
(Ranked #1 in WE list of Top 100 Best Buys of 2014) This wine remains a benchmark for the Vinho Verde region, even though the producers have now recast it as a Minho wine. It is steely, tight and crisp, with a touch of creaminess that gives it a more rounded aftertaste. Drink now through 2015.
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. Though Quinta da Aveleda has decided to label this "vinho regional Minho," rest assured that it is still every bit as delicious as past vintages labeled "Vinho Verde" and from the same Vinho Verde region of northern Portugal