Quinta do Ameal, Loureiro, Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2015

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Quinta do Ameal, Loureiro, Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2015

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“This 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive.” - 94 points , The Wine Advocate

If you could bottle a spring breeze, then this would be it! Although the grapes are sourced from the Vinho Verde region, it has nothing to do with those spritzy quaffers and is a much more serious wine with depth and vivid fruit intensity and can age beautifully for many years. Made 100% from the Loureiro grape. 11.5% alc. Drink now-2023

If you are vacillating over whether to give it a try, then perhaps a few of these choice quotes from The Wine Advocate might help...

“This 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive.”

“This has to go down as one of the best moments for the "regular" Loureiro in this fine estate's history…. they've exceeded expectations.”

“The juicy finish can make you drool.” 

“Multilayered, transparent and bursting with controlled flavour.”

“This is built to age and we might have to wait a few years to be sure how truly great it is.”

“You get this amazing value only because owner Pedro Araújo labours in Vinho Verde, where the top wines are undervalued. Take advantage.”

“This is something you can buy a case (or two) of and likely drink happily over the next 15+ years. It will be something different and wonderful every time you come back to it.”
 

 

The Wine Advocate's full review: “The 2015 Loureiro (bottled January 19, 2016) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 11.5% alcohol. I've been talking a lot about the great 2015s and also about how well this estate has performed over the years. (Check out the reviews of library wines this issue.) If it seems that the fates are pointing in this direction--you bet. The category, perhaps, also deserves some reevaluation upwards, but right here, right now, this has to go down as one of the best moments for the "regular" Loureiro in this fine estate's history. (Admittedly, as I see some older ones continue to age and notably improve with age, the competition is increasingly stiff. They've exceeded expectations.) In any event, this 2015 is astonishingly wonderful, gloriously fresh and alive. It is one of the more aromatic wines I've had from Ameal. It is fun to just smell in its youth, very floral and almost exotic. It is also remarkably powerful. If it seemed quite nice on the first day, then on the second day the big acidic core took over, a hint of herbs popped up and it became even more powerful. The fine tension on the finish allows the fruit to linger and grip the palate. The juicy finish can make you drool. Reasonable in body for the grape, which in some years is more on the ethereal side, it seems multilayered, transparent and bursting with controlled flavor. As good as it was on the first two days, it seemed like the essence of Loureiro on the third day. As much as I preferred the library versions this issue for drinking now, here is an example of how delicious and exciting they can be when young, too. In that regard, this is built to age and we might have to wait a few years to be sure how truly great it is. If you don't know top-end Vinho Verde and Ameal, you may be shocked at that. This will become more complex and (I suspect) flesh out over the next few years. It is, if anything, a bit too aggressive just now. You get this amazing value only because owner Pedro Araújo labors in Vinho Verde, where the top wines are undervalued. Take advantage. This is something you can buy a case (or two) of and likely drink happily over the next 15+ years. It will be something different and wonderful every time you come back to it.” 94 points

Customer comments:

"Very lovely and upholds our house motto: we don't serve sh*t here!" - Dr C.F., May 2016

"Opened a bottle of the Quinta do Ameal last night and it certainly is great. I'm not going to say "actually" because I know how good Portuguese whites can be!" - Mr. T.P., October 2016

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