2020 Soalheiro Alvarinho 'Granit'
Vinho Verde, Portugal
One of the Best! Quinta de Soalheiro is unquestionably one of the best producers of Alvarinho on the planet! This wine is FAR from your average Vinho Verde - it's a serious, layered, polished and impressive wine. 100% Alvarinho. Farmed organically. The grapes are harvested manually. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with higher temperature than usual for white wines. The bottling is made after a period of batonnage and aging in fine lees. Just gorgeous, this is focused on elegance, but has substance too, and finishes with harmony as well as freshness. Pure, concentrated in fruit on the finish, yet always fresh and lifted, this is impossible to resist in its youth, but it should also age well.