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Beforehand we hung out with two Vinho Verde wines from Portugal’s Quinta do Ameal property, which had been new to the U.S. on the time. We tried them once more in 2020 and, one other classic later, the wines, each based mostly on the Loureiro grape, are again once more. Let’s dive in.
2021 Quinta do Ameal Vinho Verde Loureiro – Plenty of saline, loads of acidity. There’s a robust grapefruit vein operating by means of this wine, and it by no means fairly offers up on it, ultimately yielding a lightweight notice lemon rind and a touch of tangerine. Salty from begin to end, with tons of minerality. I’d pair this with oysters any day, however by itself it’s a bit drying. B / $18
2021 Bico Amarelo Vinho Verde – Vivid and glossy, the mix right here hasn’t modified, however the citrus element is plumped up a bit this 12 months, giving the wine extra texture, extra acidity, and extra vibrancy than in prior vintages. Fairly lemon peel and tangerine parts pair properly up entrance, whereas the end rolls to a conclusion that’s heavy with mineral-laden grapefruit. Brisk and refreshing, even when colder climate looms. (And intensely well-priced.) A- / $12