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The Quinta de Gomariz Alvarinho is available for as low as $10. 2,500 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
Obtido a partir da casta alvarinho uma das castas mais apreciadas da regiao, este vinho apresenta cor citrina, brilhante, o nariz e vivo com nuances florais e frutadas com toque de mel numa harmonia unica de sabor e frescura.
A racy, fresh wine with a brilliant greenish-straw colour. Intense notes of fresh citrus fruits and floral hints on the nose. The tart, clean acidity is well balanced with persistent minerals creating a prolonged finish.
We've been highlighting some of our favorite wines from Vinho Verde for several weeks now but today is the first single varietal Alvarinho that we've featured. (We talked about this important grape in our feature a few weeks ago.) Single varietal bottlings of al-vah-REE-nyo, the same grape as Albarino in Riax Baixas, are almost always still (not bubbly) which lets us explore a side of Vinho Verde that may be a bit harder to find on your store shelves. It is; however, definitely one worth seeking out.
The 2013 Quinta de Gomariz Alvarinho begins with a very pretty aroma full of pear, citrus and floral notes. Tasting the wine shows a lively acidity and pleasing mouthfeel with more pear plus tangerine, apple and even a hint of banana. This is a light, refreshing wine that still has a nice richness to it, in fact, it tastes a bit like an unoaked Chardonnay. The long, satisfying finish features honey soaked fruit and good minerality.
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2013 Quinta de Gomariz Alvarinho