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Aphros Vinhão Tinto 2013

Aphros Vinhão Tinto 2013

Sauvage is the word that comes to mind when describing this singular and biodynamically farmed, wild ferment Vinhão. Aromas of smoky plum and earth are rendered more complex by a sort of feral, animal quality that persists on the palate as well. A bold streak of acidity creates a sense of tension to sour cherry notes firmly anchored in damp tilth, preserved game, steeped green tea, and pink peppercorn. This won't be to everyone's taste, but for the adventurous, I say, go for it. 11.0% ABV | Sample Quinta Casal do Paço - Aphros Wine 8.8 Points...

Aphros Super-Reserva Bruto Vinhão NV

Aphros Super-Reserva Bruto Vinhão NV

A garnet-hued, frothy vixen of a wine, the Aphros Sparkling Vinhão Super-Reserva delights with ultra-earthy, pungent funk, and juicy black plum notes forming a concise bridge between nose and palate. Bright acidity cuts through layers of pruney deliciousness, the finish is brisk and short very much about black tea tannin and dried herbs. At 12.0% ABV it goes down very easily. I expect this pair well with charcuterie, unlike Lambrusco, it's bone dry. Sample Quinta Casal do Paço - Aphros Wine 9.0 Points...

Anselmo Mendes Curtimenta Alvarinho 2013

Anselmo Mendes Curtimenta Alvarinho 2013

From Anselmo Mendes, the 2013 Curtimenta Alvarinho is a lesson in the aging potential of Vinho Verde whites. Fermentation starts on the skins, the grapes are then pressed into large format barrels to age for 9 months. Post bottling, Curtimenta is further aged in bottle for one year, all of which translates in the body of this wine. It's silky, slightly oily and exquisitely smooth with incredibly complex and ever-changing flavors bruised pear and yellow-fleshed peaches that gracefully dwindle to a finish of lime zest, white grapefruit and almond skins. Bravo! Sample Anselmo Mendes 9.2 Points...

Aphros Loureiro Reserva Bruto 2009

Aphros Loureiro Reserva Bruto 2009

Deep gold, like burnished gold leaf, the Aphros Loureiro Reserva Bruto 2009 boasts an oxidative quality that reminds me of Jacques Selosse Champagnes. Decidedly autumnal aromas of baked apple and poached pear are enlivened by a dried orange top note. In the mouth, it's all soul and soil, sensually earthy layers and leesy wet dough flavors are bolstered by vivid white grapefruit, saline and iodine that make up the arching spine of this unexpectedly delicious sparkling Loureiro. 12.0% ABV | Sample Quinta Casal do Paço - Aphros Wine 9.1 Points...

Aphros Loureiro 2014

Aphros Loureiro 2014

Citrusy, spritely, aromatic orange loveliness. Orange blossom, mandarin oranges, wet stones. On the palate, Aphros Loureiro 2014 is equally enchanting, softly-textured with delicate silvery mineral filaments weaving in and out of kumquat-and-lemon-pith acidity. It's round and moderately sweet, with 4.80 g/L RS along with a surprisingly persistent finish. I could drink this all day. 11.5% ABV | Sample Quinta Casal do Paço - Aphros Wine 8.9 Points...

Quinta de Covela Escolha Branco 2013

Quinta de Covela Escolha Branco 2013

Tasted at Covela's historic estate—a Renaissance manor that sits frozen in time, poised at the mouth of the Douro Valley, along a southern-facing amphitheater robed in lush greenery. The 2013 Escolha Branco is a blend of Avesso and Chardonnay, with a few years of age, offers perfumy aromas of dried honey and orange blossom. Barrel fermentation lends texture, refinement and creaminess. This is a balanced, poetic wine, bright and fresh with delicate mineral filaments wending in and out of stone fruit. Sample Quinta de Covela 9.0 Points...

Quinta de Gomariz Vinho Verde Grande Escolha 2015

Quinta de Gomariz Vinho Verde Grande Escolha 2015

A refreshing blend of Loureiro, Alvarinho and Trajadura, QG or Quinta do Gomarez's Grand Grande Escolha 2015, expresses fleshy peach and pear, flavors that are brightened by leaner notes. A citrus and mineral-saline edge, especially on the finish, endows this well-crafted Vinho Verde with a more serious edge. 6.0 RS 11.5% ABV | Sample Quinta de Gomariz 8.8 Points...

Quinta de Covela Reserva Branco 2013

Quinta de Covela Reserva Branco 2013

Kissed with honeysuckle and orange blossom, Quinta de Covela's 2013 Reserva Branco is an elegant cuvée of Avesso, Arinto, Chardonnay, and Viognier. Fermented at low temperatures in French and Austrian oak barrels for 14 months, this wine receives lees contact and it's nicely integrated, lending body, soft texture and balance. Mineral and saline notes gracefully co-mingle with citrus fruit and dried pineapple, meandering to a long, splendid finish. Sample Quinta de Covela 8.9 Points...