Nortico Alvarinho<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Nortico is from tiny vineyard plots in Monção and Melgaço, on the border with Spain's Galicia province - the best Alvarinho-growing area in Portugal. Unlike other wines from the larger Vinho Verde area, Nortico has no added CO2, making for a richer, fuller, well-balanced wine that showcases its maritime influence with a kiss of salinity on the finish. Albariño/Alvarinho is the grape to watch for ageworthy, world-class wines, and this is a perfect introduction.
RATING HISTORY:2020 Best Buy W&S
GRAPE:100% Alvarinho. Sustainably grown vines (small plots called jardins) planted from 1910-2005 in granite soil at 20-250 m (68-820 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:This is a fresh white wine with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. At only 12.5 % alcohol, Nortico is light and delicate, lovely as a "porch-sipping wine" to drink on its own. Have it simply with corn bread and butter like country folks do in Portugal. Also a terrific seafood wine, particularly with salty, fattier dishes like fish tacos or broiled oysters. Recommended serving temperature is 50F (10C) so the citrus and fruit aromas are still present.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Grapes are selected at the winery and experience a long, cool fermentation. Racking, primary filtration and cold stabilization. Four months in stainless steel, filtration prior to bottling in February.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Nortico vineyards are located on the southern banks of the Minho river. The vines are tended in granite soil at 20 - 250 m (68-820 ft) elevation. Although it rains a lot (2,000 ml annually) the slightly inland area is a little warmer than the coastal plantings, which allows for perfect ripening.
TASTING NOTES:Creamy citrus oil, lime and yellow apple notes are nicely spiced and detailed with saline mineral and floral underpinnings through the long finish. — Gillian Sciaretta
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.93 lbs (.42 kg)
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