Quinta Soalheiro Award Winner Case (3)


1 x Granit 2020

91 points Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, June 2021 The 2020 Alvarinho "Granit" is an unoaked Alvarinho. It is very dry (less than a gram of residual sugar and 6.6 grams of total acidity) and comes in at 13% alcohol. Just gorgeous, this is focused on elegance, but it has some substance, too, and finishes with harmony as well as freshness. This, in many respects, seems like a replay of the beautiful 2019 (they were, alas, not here together). 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, not that there is a lot of track record on this particular wine. Drink 2021 - 2032.

1 x Pimeiras Vinhas 2020

96 points- Sarah Jane Evans MW Decanter September 2021 - Wow! Mouth-watering, eyewatering, mouthful. Penetrating acidity, tight and mineral.

1 x Alvarinho 2020

92 points Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, June 2021

The 2020 Alvarinho, the so-called unoaked "classic," as it is colloquially known, is dry (2.5 grams of residual sugar and seven grams of total acidity) and comes in at 12.7% alcohol. As much as I liked the Granit this report, this is the winner to me in this price range. Firmer and more concentrated on the finish, it seems to evoke the essence of Alvarinho, while always showing off fine acidity. At a rather nice price (even though it has ticked up a bit), at least compared to upper-level Vinhos Verdes these days, this is still a bargain. It's a solid wine that combines elegance, persistence and aging ability. It has enough stuffing to pair with food, but this is so fresh and pure, I mostly love to drink it on its own. Sit on the porch and knock this back on a sultry summer evening. Drink 2021 - 2032.

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