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2017 João Cabral Almeida "Camaleão" Minho Alvarinho SKU #1426388

Price: $19.99

RP 90 WE 90 WS 90
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K&L Notes

The winemaking concept of J. CABRAL ALMEIDA WINES is to demonstrate the potential of different grape varieties in different terroirs. When he's not in the vineyard and in the winery,?João?is teaching at the Escola Agraria de Viseu (Dao), as Professor of Viticulture, Vineyard Management. Joao is a natural viticulturist and terroir hunter, discovering neglected parcels of vineyards throughout multiple regions and coaxing the very best out of each vineyard. His Camaleao project has shown the potential of Alvarinho outside of the typical Moncao e Melgaco sub-region. His Camaleao brand has also helped the current and revolutionary re-branding of Vinho Verde as a DOC of high quality and potential.? The Camaleao Alvarinho was made from grapes selected from three separate parcels. The rich almost oily texture comes from Baião, the minerality an almost salty freshness from Felgueiras and the floral, exotic apple-like aromas are from Amarante. This is a delicious in a combination of terroirs that result in a vivid wine that makes an immeadiate impression. This 100% is unlike it's more Northern neighbors.

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  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Minho is the name of the region from which Vinho Verde is located. While Alvarinho is planted in many of the sub regions of the Appellation the most famously grown in the Northern zone nearest to the Spainish border. What is exciting about this bottling is that it hales from the Southern more interior zone of Amarante, where it has the region's famous granitic soils but it is more sheltered for the coastal weather patterns. This wine basks, like the lizard on the label in the sun. It has a little more richness and expressive fruit but all the racy acidity minerality that you expect from Alvarinho.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine was one of the stars for me at a recent staff tasting and showed well when it was on the stage with other first class wines. It has a lot to offer with its beautiful aromatics, and lean and crisp body. It is alvarinho at its best. This wine is complex with a wonderful integration of fruit, mineral notes and a pleasant crisp finish.


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