The Portuguese wine company Quinta da Lixa is run by the Meireles family. They employ winemaker Carlos Teixeira to create wines like the 2018 Aromas Das Castas Grande Escolha Vinho Verde.
This wine is a blend of Alvarinho and Loueiro grapes from the Vinho Verde sub-regions of Moncao and Melgaco. Half of the grapes are Alvarinho and 50% half are Loureiro. The Loueira grape gives the wine its wonderful floral note, while the Alvarinho brings the fruit. At 12.5% abv, the alcohol content is a little higher than usually found in Vinho Verde wines.
This yellow-gold wine smells like a fruit basket. Lemon, lime, peach, nectarine - a cornucopia. There is also a beautiful floral note which is almost washed away in the tidal wave of fruit. The palate shows plenty of lemon and lime, with a brisk acidity and finish that stays in the mouth a long time. The stone fruit aspect brings a slight sweetness to the wine to differentiate it from, say, a Sauvignon Blanc. Great summer sipper? Sure it is. But a wine like this will serve well at holiday parties and alongside turkey and ham.