Vinho Verde is meant to be consumed young. In fact, “young wine” is the translation of what the name Vinho Verde means. This particular bottle I had in the rack is a 2010, which is pretty old for a Vinho Verde. It’s technically past it’s prime and if it had sucked I would have given it a pass and blamed it on being too old. But to my pleasant surprise, this was still a tasty wine and so I’ll move forward with a review. Of course, you’re likely to find a more recent vintage on the shelves today.
This wine is produced by Aveleda, which has a history in wine dating back to 1870. They produce a number of different Vinho Verde wines, but most are sold under the Aveleda brand versus Grinalda.
Most of the Vinho Verde I come across in the US has a slight bubble, prickle or frizzante to it. There’s no frizannte on this one. It’s a still wine, showing one of the many styles Vinho Verde can have.
There’s an orange blossom aroma on the nose of this wine that is quite nice. It also offers aromas of melon and pear. The palate is crisp with lime, pear and a touch of peach flavors. The finish is relatively long and tart, with citrus, peach and mineral flavors. Overall, it’s a very nice wine. And per usual with Vinho Verde, it’s an exceptional value.
Variety: Vinho Verde
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.
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