Clean, with a light spritzy feel on the palate, this offers nice hay, melon and even tangerine notes on the nose. The mouth shows more of the same, with green apple and herb flavors as well. Completely correct Vinho Verde, this finishes dry, with a mineral citrus tang that fairly begs for seafood.
The wine comes from Aveleda’s latest purchase, a vineyard in Bairrada region. Made under the supervision of Bordeaux winemaker Denis Dubourdieu, it strives to combine the wild dark acidity, black fruit and wood flavors of Portugal with the more restrained elegance of Bordeaux. At this stage, the combination needs time to work—maybe three or four years would help. —R.V.