Vinho Verde Chapter Two

Vinhos Verdes vinified from Alvarinho grape (known as Albarino north of the Minho River in the Spanish region of Galicia) offer the most complexity and depth.  The best examples are from the temperate northerly subzones Moncao (softer more delicate wines) and Melgaco (less fruitiness).  Further south around the town of Ponte da Lima, Vinho Verde is based on Loureiro, or blended with other varietals like Trajadura and Azal.  These specimens, while still gluggable and refreshing, tend toward higher acidity and heft.  

Many producers are exporting top-quality Vinho Verde and the volume on offer has been growing steadily for a number of years.  You shouldn’t have trouble finding some nice examples.  (Your interest will doubtless grow when things thaw out in your neighbourhood and you can actually imagine summer coming.)  My favourite house is Soalheiro, whose wines are intense, complex, exotic, delicious and capable of aging.   Anselmo Mendes is regarded as another of Melgaco’s finest producers.  Quinta da Lixa bottles a wide range of Vinho Verde covering the stylistic spectrum.  Other labels available in Canada include Quinta da Raza, António Lopes Ribeiro Wines, Soc. Agr”Icola Casa de Vilacetinho, Quinta de Covela, Quinta de Carapecos, Quinta de Gomariz, Pac[,]o da Palmeira, Quinta do Cruzeiro.



About iwolkoff

Irvin Wolkoff is a psychiatrist and wine journalist who has been a wine enthusiast and collector since his university days.
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