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Vaca Das Cordas Vinho Verde 2016

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    Manually harvested then immediately destemmed, crushed and vinified in open vat tanks to produce a Vinho Verde with distinctive complexity, coupled with optimum freshness and vibrancy.

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    Vaca Das Cordas

    Vaca Das Cordas

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    Vaca Das Cordas, Vinho Verde, Portugal
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    Vaca das Cordas is a tradition that dates back to 1646 and takes place on the eve of the feast of Corpus Christi in the historic village of Ponte de Lima – the oldest town in Portugal. On the ninth Friday after Easter, this tradition that dates back to Roman times and has Phoenician origins features a bull-running in which young men lead a bull through the town.

    The vineyards lie in the sub-region of Lima, one of the nine sub-regions of the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde Wines which, due to the natural characteristics of the soil and climate and the varieties grown, produce wines that are distinctly fruit forward.

    The most aromatic of Vinho Verde varieties, Loureiro finds its fullest expression in Lima. For Vacas das Cordas, Lima Loureiro, with a small ammount of Arinto, and Trajadura are manually harvested then immediately destemmed, crushed, and vinified in open vat tanks to produce a Vinho Verde with distinctive complexity coupled with optimum freshness and vibrancy.

    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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