2022 Casa do Capitão-mor Alvarinho, Monção e Melgaço, Vinho Verde DOC, Portugal (750ml)

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Quinta de Paços is one of the oldest estates in Portugal, established in the 13th century, with over 500 years and 16 generations of winemaking history. Today, Dr. Rui Walter Cunha and Paulo Matos Ramos work together to keep the tradition alive. The “Cradle of Alvarinho”, Monção e Melgaço is located in the northernmost area of Vinho Verde, separated by the Minho River from Rias Baixas in Spain. This natural enclosure of hills forms the perfect conditions for the production of elevated Vinho Verde. Wines from this region are known for their superior quality and ageability.

The vineyards total around 18 hectares and are spread across the municipalities of Barcelos and Monção. They are sustainably farmed and planted primarily to Alvarinho, with plots of Loureiro, Arinto, Fernão Pires, Moscatel Galego Branco (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), Trajadura and Sauvignon Blanc; and the red varietals, Padeiro de Basto and Vinhão (Sousão).

Made from 100% Alvarinho from Monção e Melgaço, with traditional white wine vinification and aging on lees with bâttonage for 6 months. ​The result is a lively and layered white wine. Aromas of summer orchard fruit and citrus. The mouthwatering palate is vibrant, with flavors of lemon, underripe peach, cantaloupe rind and lime zest. Lean and lively with a long, mineral finish.

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