Regular price $24.99
Monçao and Melgaço, Portugal
SALE $19.99 on 6+ (code: soalheiro)
The first wine offered is the workhorse ‘Alvarinho’, a wine that over-delivers in spades. Steel fermented and bottled, this is a clear, naked expression of the Avlarinho grape and its Melgaco terroir. Drink this now or wait for a few years. It can take some cellar time in stride, but honestly, it’s too delicious now to think of such patience! If you love new world Chardonnay WITHOUT OAK, Australian Semillon, fresher styled Viognier/Condrieu, or even the cousin wines from Galicia in Spain also made from Albarino (same grape) this is a wine you will love.
This wine is VERY consistent in most vinatges.
This wine is always consistent and gets better with bottle age too so you can keep them for a few years if you can manage to keep your hands off of them!
Winery on 2021: A bright, lemon-yellow colour. This wine is distinguished by its fresh and elegant fragrance, revealing the aromatic complexity of Alvarinho variety. The flavour has intense tropical and mineral notes that balance perfectly with the acidity and moderate alcohol content.
89 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2021 Alvarinho, the so-called unoaked "classico" as it is colloquially known, is dry (three grams of residual sugar and 6.4 of total acidity) and comes in at 12.1% alcohol. This is a lighter-styled vintage, but fruit-forward, fresh and tasty. It is ready to roll right now. In fact, it is drinking perfectly. There is not much aggression here at all, nor a lot of tension on the finish. It should still age well, but I wouldn't put this one down as one of those very long-term Soalheiros from days gone by. It should still hold throughout the decade, maybe more.