Vinho Verde, Portugal
Wine Advocate 88 points!
Joao Portugal Ramos is Portugal"s most famous winemaker. Before he began making his own wines, he was a pioneering wine consultant widely considered Portugal's Pierro Antinori or Emile Peynaud (The New York Times). In 1990, he decided it was time to start creating his own wine and he began planting vineyards in Alentejo around his new winery, Vila Santa.
This white blend of 90% Loureiro and 10% Alvarinho is the dream of João Portugal Ramos to be present in the Vinho Verde region. It offers a fresh, elegant aroma with citrus and floral notes combined with a pronounced minerality and long, intense finish. "The 2019 Loureiro is dry at four grams of residual sugar and seven of total acidity (plus, the pH remains pretty low at 3.10). It also has about 10% Alvarinho in it. There is no fizz and it comes in at 12% alcohol. This is a fairly big Loureiro in every sense. It has good depth (relative to the grape and region, of course) and some tension on the finish, despite that modest bit of sugar balancing the acidity. It will be a refreshing and tasty summer white. You don't have to drink it by this summer. "-Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 88 points!
Enjoy Joao Portugal Ramos Loureiro Vinho Verde with shellfish, pulpo gallego, ceviche, or enjoy it as an easy-to-drink summer wine.