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Staff Pick

Vinho Verde, Casa do Valle - 2017

Item # 26720 750mL
$9.96/ Single Bottle
$119.52 $107.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

This cool Vinho Verde is driven by citrus and pineapple fruit notes. A lean, crisp, dry wine, it has a bright, pale lemon color, a lithe, fresh palate, and a delicate texture to underscore its surprisingly long finish. This wine was produced exclusively from indigenous regional grapes grown on the estate.


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Staff Pick Notes

As soon as the first warm day of the year arrives, I hear Vinho Verde calling my name. Its signature fresh, crisp, zesty character suits the first day of spring to the last day of summer. If I have one quibble, it's that they don't always distinguish themselves individually. But a few manage to raise the bar. Casa do Valle is an excellent example of Vinho Verde made from the indigenous grapes of the region. It's vineyards straddle the Tamega river and are protected by surrounding mountains which block the winds and create a warm micro-climate for the grapes to reach maximum ripeness. As a result, the citrus character we expect is layered with richer, tropical fruits and flowers. This is a Vinho Verde not just for the beach, but for the table as well. Pair with any shellfish for instant magic.

- DY

About the Producer

Casa do Valle is located near the legendary Cavez Bridge, a place often mentioned in the work of the famous Portuguese 19th-century writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The 55 acre estate spreads out across the hillsides of the Tâmega River and is well protected by the surrounding mountain ranges of Barroso and Alvao in the Basto sub-region. The excellent exposure of the vines at this estate along with...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

Arinto

A white grape variety grown in Portugal, known for producing wines with lots of juicy citrus acidity. When a component of Vinho Verde, it is called Pedernã.

Portugal

The Dão and the Douro are the most important regions as far as red Portuguese table wine is concerned. Douro wines tend to be a bit fuller and fleshier than their Dão counterparts, which are generally lighter and higher in acidity. Reds from both regions are dense, rustic, and well-balanced. They also show their terroir quite clearly, and represent a great alternative to the modern fruit-driven...

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