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Wine Picks April 27, 2017

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Dessert Wine

Aveleda Casal Garcia, Vinho Verde, Portugal: A lovely, honeydew fresh dessert wine from northern Portugal. Not cloyingly sweet, more like moscato d'asti in freshness and natural fruit sweetness with aromas of peach and pear. Match with fruit cobbler. Drink: 2017 - 2019 9% S 750 mL $10.00 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value Dessert Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Aveleda Grande Follies 2011, Bairrada D.O.C., Portugal: A gorgeous northern Portuguese red wine made from mostly Touriga Nacional grapes in the Douro Valley. Rich and complex with intense layers of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2016 - 2022 14% D 750 mL $25.00 Score: 93/100. April 2017. Top Rated Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Casal Garcia 2015, Douro D.O.C., Portugal: A balanced, supple, full-bodied northern Portuguese red wine made from indigenous grapes in the Douro Valley. Earthy with a velvet texture. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2016 - 2019 13% D 750 mL $18.00 Score: 88/100. April 2017. Best Value Red Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Rosés

Aveleda Casal Garcia Rosé, Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal: A vibrant northern Portuguese Rosé produced from grapes that are indigenous to the Vinho Verde region. Notes of sour cherry and cranberry with racy acidity. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2016 - 2018 9.5% D 750 mL $13.00 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value Rosé Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Aveleda Casal Garcia, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Zesty, with light spritz on the tongue. Refreshing and vibrant with notes lime. Pair with fish and chips. Drink: 2016 - 2018 530261 9.95% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Vinho Verde 2015, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Ultra-crisp and refreshing Portuguese white wine made from the zingy, vibrant Vinho Verde grape. Green apple racy acidity for fresh seafood and shellfish. Light-bodied. Great value. Drink: 2015 - 2017 5322 9.5% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda 2016, Vinho Verde Doc, Portugal: Fresh and crisp with lime green aromas and flavours. Light fizz is extra refreshing. Pair with fresh seafood. Drink: 2016 - 2018 9.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Loureiro Alvarinho 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal: Love the green melon roundness that the Loureiro grapes beings to the angular and zesty Alvarinho grape. Lime zest and white grapefruit. Pair with fresh fish. Drink: 2016 - 2018 89995 11% XD 750 mL $9.95 Score: 89/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Alvarinho 2016, Minho V.R., Portugal: This complex and vibrant northern Portuguese white wine is a Colheita Selecionada or a single vineyard special selection wine from the winery's estate vineyards and made from the zesty white grape Alvarinho in the Minho region of northern Portugal. Medium-bodied with good viscosity. Perfect for meatier or oilier fish dishes. Drink: 2016 - 2020 610295 12% XD 750 mL $19.00 Score: 91/100. April 2017. Best Value White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Reserva da Familia Alvarinho 2015, Minho V.R., Portugal: A seductively smoky nose with lemongrass brightness on the palate. Complex and long with unparalleled freshness. This fiercely intense white wine is aged in oak barrels which adds to its texture and layering on the palate. Perfect for oysters and mussels. Drink: 2015 - 2022 12% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 94/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Aveleda Reserva da Familia 2014, Bairrada D.O.C., Portugal: Smoky with lemon zest on the nose and palate. A medium-bodied, complex northern Portuguese white wine made from a blend of grapes including Maria-Gomes, Rabo-de-Ovelha, Chardonnay and Bical, all old vines planted on the winery's estate vineyards. Long finish. Pair with halibut or trout. Drink: 2015 - 2023 12% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 92/100. April 2017. Top Rated White Wine Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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