2022 Arca Nova Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, Portugal (750ml)

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Quinta das Arcas was established in the early 1980s by Esteves Monteiro, by expanding his family’s viticulture business into a full-fledge winery. In 1985, he released his inaugural wines under the Arca Nova label. Throughout the following several decades, Esteves focused on sustainably advancing his winegrowing operation, while minimizing the impact on nature. In 2012, with about 200 hectares of vineyards in the Vinho Verde region, Quinta das Arcas launched its first wine from organically grown grapes. Located along the Atlantic coast in northern Portugal, Vinho Verde lies between the city of Oporto and the northern border with Spain. Vinho Verde translates to ‘green wine’, referring to the appearance of the region which is lush and green thanks to high precipitation and influence from the Atlantic Ocean. The area is mostly known for its light and refreshing white wines but also produces elegant and floral whites, rosé, reds, and sparkling wines in diverse styles. Wine has been produced in this region for over 2,000 years, since the Romans brought vines to the area during the Roman Empire.

100% Alvarinho. The grapes saw a short skin-maceration, followed by a cold fermentation for 15-20 days in small stainless-steel tanks with native yeast. Inviting aromas of fresh citrus with a whiff of freshly cut flowers. The palate is young, fresh and lightly textured, with tart flavors of pineapple core, passion fruit and lime zest. Refreshing and vibrant through the finish, which closes with bright acidity and a soft, saline, mineral note.

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