Quinta de SanJoanne - Terroir Mineral, Vinho Verde, Portugal (2018)
With hints of underripe pear, yellow apple and stone, the palate shows racy acidity, with notes of fresh apples, citrus flowers and salinity. Enjoyable now or capable of aging- quintessential wine to enjoy as a patio sipper on a hot summer day, or paired with freshly shucked oysters. But don't let the subtlety, tight palate and freshness of this wine fool you - there is real complexity here that opens up with time and by serving not too cold.
Vinho Verde is located within the Minho region of northern Portugal, the largest wine producing region in the country. The region is comprised of 9 sub-regions with borders starting at the Minho River, which separates northern Portugal from Spain, and following the Atlantic coast south to Oporto. South of Oporto, the wine region’s border follows and then crosses the Douro River. Thanks to its coastal Atlantic setting, Vinho Verde’s climate is mild and damp. This makes planting, protecting and harvesting the grapes very challenging, to say the least, given the constant threat of rot, fungus and frost. Quinta de Sanjoanne is located in the Amarante sub-region of Vinho-Verde. Although Amarante is located in the Minho inland, the Quinta is just 25 km from the Atlantic Ocean.