Quinta do Ameal Loureiro Vinho Verde 2010

Quinta do Ameal Loureiro Vinho Verde 2010:  Whereas most Vinho Verde wines are comprised of a blend of white grape varietals, Quinto do Ameal only uses the Loureiro grape for this bottling.  The result is a stunning re-definition of Vinho Verde, where a single grape sings in perfect pitch.  Shimmering pale bone in color, with a floral bouquet of lychee, Cape gooseberries, rose petals, and white chocolate.  Exhibits excellent concentration, energy, and cut on the midpalate, with flavors that call to mind roasted grains and white fruits, with a sand-like minerality on the finish.  Farmed to low yields of approximately 2 tons per acre.  This is a great example of a wine that displays immense concentration without high alcohol.  11.5% alc.  $15.  Drink now-2015.  (92 points)

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