The White Wines of Vinho Verde 2009

Fâmega, Vinho Verde, Vinho Branco 2009 The nose speaks of lemon and lemon zest. In the mouth it is zippy with acidity, light-bodied and tart with a light bit of sparkle, further enhancing its refreshing character – very nice. This is the first bottle I’ve had a chance to taste from the new vintage. The bottling code is #L10049.

This is a more traditional blend from the region rather than an Alvarinho-only Vinho Verde.  There are four grapes: Loureiro, Trajadura, Pedernã and Alvarinho. Bottled and shipped by Caves da Cerca, a negociant located in Amarante Pt. within the VV production zone, along the Tamega River just northeast of Penafiel 9.5% purchased for just $5.99 at Bottle Barn

Soalheiro, Vinho Verde, Moncao e Melgaco, Alvarinho 2009 In the nose the citrus is joined by stone fruits and flowers. In the mouth it is also an acidic wine, but unlike its brother above it is more concentrated – very nice as well.

The grapes are all Alvarinho grown on the hills around Melgaco, in the northern reaches of Moncao, just along the Spanish border. Produced and bottled by Quinta de Soalheiro in Melgaco 12.5% purchased for $18.59 at Bottle Barn Quinta de Soalheiro

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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