Aphros Vinho Verde Loureiro 2017
This dynamite white wine from award winning Portuguese winery Aphros shows very fresh and clean flavors of citrus zest, green apples and star fruit. One of the most complex whites available in the
price range. It has more weight and mouth-feel than most Vinho Verde and has more in common with a great white from France than cheaply made, watery examples.
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This is a wood-aged wine from biodynamically grown grapes. Its richness and spice enhance the ripe full pear and crisp apple flavors. It is generous and beautifully structured. This is a complex, food friendly wine that is now just ready to drink.
A cheerful, translucid, lemon-yellow and slightly pétillant white wine, Vinho Verde literally means ‘green wine’ and is named after the northwest Portugese region from which it originates. The ‘green’ in the name refers to the youthful state in which the wines are customarily released and consumed, not the color of the wine.
It is typically a blend of various percentages of Alvarinho, Loureiro, Trajadura, and Pedernã (Arinto). Following initial alcoholic fermentation, a natural, secondary malolactic conversion in cask produces carbon dioxide, giving Vinho Verde its charmingly light sparkle.
With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.