Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2010

Quinta do Ameal Loureiro 2010
Portugal, $17

Wine nerds live for endless debates on the merits of various wines, but there’s a near universal love for Portuguese Vinho Verde—the cheap, acidic bracing wine that is the country’s calling card. Most bottles check in at the $10 range and are often very low in alcohol, making them perfect for hot summer days. But Quinta do Ameal’s Loureiro is a bit different. It labels its vintage (many VV don’t), it’s 11.5 percent alcohol and it checks in at $17, which is cheapish for anything but VV. But compared to your $22 New Zealand sauvignon blanc, it’s a steal. It has that bracing crisp green fruit bite that’s followed by a luscious structured finish of melon. The wine of summer has arrived.

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