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Reguengo de Melgaco Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Fresh with an intense fruity character. Very mineral wine with notes of apple, plums and peach combined with a dominant citrus-like profile. Well- structured, elegant and unctuous on the palate. A fantastic long and aromatic finish. Very good balance between acidity and dryness/sweetness although the wine almost doesn’t have residual sugar.

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This starts off as varietally correct alvarinho—a selection from vines averaging 20 years old, grown on gravelly granitic sands. It keeps getting better over the course of a day, its pale pink grapefruit and buttery peach flavors turning racy, then gracious, an earthy Atlantic wine that’s not particularly powerful, but has flavor depth.
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Reguengo de Melgaco

Reguengo de Melgaco

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Reguengo de Melgaco, Vinho Verde, Portugal
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Reguengo de Melgaço means land of the royalty. The name comes from the fact that the estate belonged to the Portuguese royal family on the XVI century.

As the property once belonged to aristocratic feudal families, the Melgaço population used to pay the tithe based on its production. This is the reason why you can find some very large “lagares” and “canastros” existing in the Quinta.

Vinho Verde

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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.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, 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 wine 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.

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