Estreia is made by the Ponte da Barca Co-operative in Portugal's Vinho Verde district, located in the northwest corner of the country. What is most interesting about this wine is that the area is known for one wine, simply called Vinho Verde, which is crafted from several grapes including Azal, Vinhao, Espadeiro and Alvarinho.
Most of the time the wines produced are a blend of those grapes. Our producer, however, has chosen to use just one grape, Alvarinho, which is considered to be the best in the region. The term "vinho verde" means, "green wine" and refers to the wine's youth. It is also supposed to be consumed upon release, with no further aging necessary.
Our Alvarinho is grown in one of the sub-regions of Vinho Verde, the Moncao and Melgaco, which has now been delineated as a superior area.
Alvarhino is the same grape as Alvarinho grown in the northernmost corner of Spain - just north of Vinho Verde. The grape is the only variety that likes cool, damp weather - it's the complete opposite of any other grape.
Regardless, the grape produces an amazingly flavorful selection that is much weightier and imposing than the simpler Vinho Verdes. It's actually more akin to the Alvarinho of Spain, with its exotic white peach nectar and slightly tangerine nose and flavor. It finishes with all the flavors in check - and just a hint of mint.
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