Delightful light rose color; watermelon, red berry on the nose; red currant, red fruits, watermelon, strawberry, distinct minerals and touch of saline on the palate.
Great acidity, bone dry, crisp and astonishingly fresh; light texture. The wine comes from Minho region in farthest northwestern part of Portugal—Vinho Verde country, but this is not a vinho verde wine. The vineyards are on the south bank of the Minho River in plots so small they are called “jardins”—gardens. Soil is granite and schist. The area receives nearly 80 inches of rain a year, but the inland location is warmer than the coast, allowing for full maturation and balance in the fruit. The area is famous for making light, aromatic reds locals call “Palhete.” This is made in that style, which is similar to Provence style of French rosé.
This is still wine with no added CO2 as in many vinho verde efforts. Blend of 40% alvarelhão and 40% pedral (which bring freshness and complexity), and 10% vinhao (which contributes volume and weight). These are likely grapes you have never heard of before—especially alverelhão and pedral—which is yet another demonstration of the wonderfully surprising and multi-dimensional world of wine.
Nortico Dry Rosé is so fresh and compelling it is hard to stop refilling your glass. With its beautiful rose color and crisp freshness, this can make a sensational “oh, wow” party-starter aperitif; also would nicely agree with shellfish, seafood, and lighter cheeses. $13-15