Just when you thought you'd seen everything in this crazy business, Vinho Verde now makes a rose. It's like saying Ford now makes refrigerators or Tesla toasters, though it does have a nice ring to it. It's not that we don't love, honestly love white Vinho Verde, but it took some contemplation to accept until we tasted it. We knew there was such a thing as red Vinho Verde, but we'd never seen one. Therefore, a rose would be the same mystery, but its mysteriousness is over.
This beauty from the 100-year-old Conde Villar winery is crafted from 65% Touriga Nacional and 35% Espadeiro, a local indigenous grape used almost exclusively in making rose. Touriga Nacional is the king of grapes in Portugal's famous Port wines. Its inclusion in a rose totally piqued our interest.
Villar was founded by Penedo Gordo in 1920. He was completely taken by the Alentejo region. Today it is managed by the 5th generation is the largest and most impressive estate in the area. The proper way to make rose is to crush the red grapes and give the juice a little time to pick up color from the skins. This is a matter of hours, so timing is everything. Or, you could cheat and put a little red wine in your white. Voila!
Obviously, Villar does it the correct way and the result could not be more stunning. From the aroma and taste of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries to the generous citrus edge, it begs for duck tacos or shrimp scampi.