2017 Casa Do Valle Vinho Verde ‘Grande Escolha’

$17

This is an “Alvarinho,” more commonly known as “Albarino” from the Vinho Verde region in Portugal.

“From the careful selection of the best grapes of our vineyards, we obtained a straw colored wine, with an exuberant fruit driven aroma and minerality. On the palate the structure makes this wine complex, round, fresh and with a long and appealing finish.”

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Albariño

A pleasantly refreshing light white wine. Most known from Rias Baixas in Spain, but additionally as Vinho Verde in Portugal. Albariño’s are generally high in acid with refreshing citrus fruit flavors and a notably saline mineral character due to the regions’ proximity to the ocean. Serve these wines well-chilled while eating fish tacos on a hot summer day, you won’t be disappointed.

Casa do Valle is located near the legendary Cavez Bridge, a place often mentioned in the work of the famous Portuguese 19th-century writer Camilo Castelo Branco, and spreads out, protected by the mountain ranges of Barroso and Alvao, across the hillsides of the Tâmega River. The excellent exposure of the vines at this estate, located in the Basto sub region, along with rigorous selection in the vineyards and careful winemaking processes gives rise to wines of world-renowned quality.

Casa do Valle is the name of the manor house of the estate, which produces the Vinho Verde of the same name. Owned by the Sousa Botelho family, winemaking here dates back to the 18th century and features a mix of the ancient enforcado (tree-trained vines) and ramada (trellis) training systems for the red grapes and the modern single-wire training system for the white grapes.

The main noble grape varieties used for the white wines are the Alvarinho, Arinto, Azal and Loureiro. For red and rosé wines the grape varieties are Vinhao, the predominant red-grape variety of the Vinho Verde Region, Rabo de Ovelha, and Touriga Nacional.

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