Fresh with an intense fruity character. Very mineral wine with notes of apple, plums and peach, combined with a dominant citrus-like profile. Well-structured, elegant and unctuous on the palate. Great balance between acidity and dryness/sweetness (though the wine has almost no residual sugar). A fantastic long and aromatic finish.
Total Acidity: 6 g/L tartaric acid
Volatile Acidity: 0.36 g/L acetic acid
Fish and seafood, as well as salads, fruit & white meats.
"The Cardadeiro family restored this estate in the 1990s, planting 22 acres of alvarinho along the Minho River on the border with Spain’s Galicia, on a property believed to have been built by Rainha Dona Leonor and owned by the Portuguese royal family in the 1500s. In 2020, the site lived up to its heritage with a beautiful wine, a river of fruit, flowers, nuts and stones—the crisp detail of a peach just coming into ripeness, the breeziness of apple blossoms, the savor of raw hazelnut and jasmine tea. The crunch of granitic acidity gives all that flavor a mineral drive, lasting on the breath, suited to five, maybe ten years of age. - J.G."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (October 2022), 94 pts
"Vinho verde is popular for easy-sipping whites and rosés from northern Portugal, usually with low alcohol and a little spritz of carbonation to make them especially refreshing in hot weather. This wine is more serious and cries out for grilled seafood. It’s intense and energetic and deserves to stand with the albariños of Rías Baixas, across the border in Spain. - Dave McIntyre"
- The Washington Post (August 2021), GREAT VALUE
"This 16th-century estate was originally in the hands of the Portuguese royal family; it is now a small hotel with a vineyard, planted by the Cardadeiro family after they purchased the property in the 1990s. Their 18.5 acres of alvarinho grow on granite sands above the Minho, producing consistently exceptional wine. The 2019 starts off with plump pear flavors, adding the astringent buzz of grape skins before the tension slowly opens to raciness. There’s smoke to it, like the buttery richness of smoked sable, cleared away by the salt and cucumber notes of the acidity, lasting on delicate layers of alvarinho savor."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2021), 94 pts
"First, enormously dense Riesling nose, as if that were a Mosel wine. Gorgeous! I smell yellow apple and lime. Then Pears and Bananas are added and it becomes clear: this is not a Moselaner. I take a sip and am being amazed. What a balanced, full-bodied, extracted and rich wine. I taste Banana, again Yellow Apple, the flesh of the Dragon-fruit, fresh green herbs and cool minerality. In the finish again a lot of freshness and the delicate bitterness of the dried Lemon peel. Noble and full of Alvarinho character - That's it !"
- Captain Cork, Alles Über Wein (October 2018), ***** (5 Stars)
"This starts off as varietally correct alvarinho—a selection from vines averaging 20 years old, grown on gravelly granitic sands. It keeps getting better over the course of a day, its pale pink grapefruit and buttery peach flavors turning racy, then gracious, an earthy Atlantic wine that’s not particularly powerful, but has flavor depth."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (Year's Best Vinho Verdes, August 2018), 93 pts
GOLD MEDAL at the CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016)
"This vineyard surrounds a 16th-century manor house, restored as a small hotel at the turn of the 21st century. The 18.5 acres of vines, alvarinho in light granite soils, were planted in 1997. They produced a sexy 2015, as brisk as a young Chablis (reductive in the best sense), with the languid rhythm of the waves on a summer beach, cresting to stone and lemon, then broadening out to Mandarin orange zest, the undulating wave repeated with each sip, then echoed in each breath, as it would be echoed by the meatiness of grilled octopus."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (Year's Best Portugal Whites, August 2017), 93 pts
"The 2015 Alvarinho is dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. This is nicely structured, but it is most impressive for its expressive fruit. Ripe and delicious, with a solid mid-palate and crispness on the edges, this is a beautifully crafted Alvarinho. It should hold for several years, but it is hard to resist now. - Mark Squires"
- eRobertParker (Issue #225, June 2016), 90 pts
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