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2019 Quinta De Soalheiro AlvarinhoAlbarino/Alvarinho from Portugal

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A Classic in the Soalheiro. Aromatic freshness of Alvarinho variety, flavour intensity and unusual bottle longevity....

  • 95 Decanter
  • 92 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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A cooler than usual year, with perfect harvest conditions. Deceptively pale, indeed almost water-white, yet brimming with tropical fruit in the flamboyant nose and palate. Juicy, perfumed pineapple, passionfruit, lychee and nectarine cut with tangier greengage bite makes for a lively, persistent palate, with an edge of fresh fennel to the finish. Breezy, but concentrated. Vivid and very intense, with lipsmacking acidity. Drinking Window 2020 - 2032

92 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2019 Alvarinho, the so-called unoaked "classico," is dry (three grams of residual sugar and 6.9 grams of total acidity) and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. On paper, this has a somewhat crisper demeanor than the 2018. Due to more cool days in 2019 and a harvest in the first week of September, the winery said the acidity was slightly higher with lower pH, and in their opinion, that contributed to the profile of Soalheiro. Comparing this to the Granit, as always, leads you to two completely different wines. The Granit seems lighter, tenser and more energetic. It is precise and focused. This does all that too, but the balance with the fruit is different—often, I say better, but not this year. The expression of fruit here is pure Alvarinho, but the Granit is no slouch. This Classico is ripe but lifted, though. It's pretty tasty in its youth too. Like the Granit, though, this might be better next year—although this is more approachable. They both will age well, as the winery's track record in general has frequently demonstrated over the years. (I still like to stay conservative in the drinking windows. You might not think 11 years is conservative for a Vinho Verde, but here it might well be.) This looks terrific this year, and it's a typically super value.

Product Description:

A Classic in the Soalheiro. Aromatic freshness of Alvarinho variety, flavour intensity and unusual bottle longevity.

Product Detail

Item # 117016
Country Portugal
Region Portugal
Sub-Region Vinhos Verdes
Ratings

95 - Decanter

92 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2019
Color White
ABV 12.5%
Varietal(s) Albarino/Alvarinho
Size 750mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, peach and citrus
Nose floral, grass and almond