So once we get past the hieroglyphics of the name, we are left with one exceptional wine. Chosen initially for the 94 Point review it received from the Wine Advocate, and its surprising cost at under $20, this wine, made exclusively from the grape varietal called Loureiro and coming from the D.O.C. area of Vinho Verde in Portugal, tips the scale at 11.5% alcohol and has a purity of flavor seen by the likes of other unoaked wines.
Portuguese wines appear in most shops these days, but unfortunately not with the same notoriety as those from other countries. This is unfortunate to be sure. Having had some wonderful reds from Portugal, I deemed it time to further investigate a few of the countries white wines as well. The obvious catch for this wine is the 94 Point review.
I was anxious to see how good the wine was and to see if it lived up to the hype from the review. This particular reviewer did an excellent job. He acknowledged tasting the wine over a three day period and pointing out the changes that occurred. That is something that I love to read about since I don't always drink an entire bottle in one day or with one meal.
So, preparing a nice filet of Mahi Mahi for the evening, I set out to enjoy the meal and wine together. Meal prepared, I hastened to open the wine and pour this lovely light yellow hued wine into my glass. A honeyed and stoned fruit aroma wafted from the glass. The first sip revealed itself with a minerality and light apple flavor. The acidity was good but not overbearing. Slightly lighter than say a Sauvignon Blanc. A very fitting wine for the Mahi Mahi.
As with the reviewer, I had a glass or two and reserved the remaining for the following day. Day two brought forth an even more generous wine, both in flavor and crispness. This producer knows how to treat it's Loureiro vineyards. In fact, almost the entire vineyard is planted using this grape, a testament to how well of a wine they produce from the grape itself.
I'm pleased to report that I was thoroughly satisfied with this wine, albeit maybe not the full 94 Points it received (more like 91 or 92), but worthwhile to have searched for and obtained the wine all while keeping the price under $20 a bottle.
Not sure on the availability of the wine locally, but I think there are still bottles to be had. This is a worthwhile addition to have on hand.