The 2016 Alvarinho, the regular unoaked "classico" from Soalheiro, comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is a fine Classico, perhaps not quite up to the 2015, but pretty fine in its own right. This shows all the hallmarks of Soalheiro, fresh, clean and lively. It is a pointed wine that seems a bit on the lean side, but it is very tightly wound, utterly gripping on the juicy finish and perfectly focused. There is some of that invigorating green this bottling tends to have, too. Don't drink it too cold—if you do, the power just takes over. If you like them crisp and dry, with that laser-like burst of acidity, this is an easy choice at a nice price. Stock up—they age well, too. Drink now-2026. (MS)
From the northern Vinho Verde region of Monçao and Melgaço, this finely textured wine is young, although already delicious. Its texture brings out the minerality from the granite soil, giving the wine a zesty character. The fruit bursts out of the glass: delicious citrus and sliced apples and a great burst of acidity. (RV)
Gorgeous aroma of citrus - both lemon and lime - and grace notes of blossom, bay leaf and herbs - but fully ripe. Beautifully fragrant. On the palate, intense Alvarinho purity of ripe citrus and a dash of herbs. Intense and scented on the palate even with moderate alcohol. Benchmark Alvarinho from this sunniest of spots in the region and a very slight grip to the texture increasing the length. So vibrant. Great vintage for this wine - so pure and fresh and lingering. (JH)
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