It's back! Made entirely with loureiro (“lou-rare-oh”), this delicious dry white wine comes from the Lima Valley, in northwestern Portugal. Ameal works solely with the loureiro grape, whose birthplace is in Lima, and which is one of the main varieties of Vinho Verde, a region that has unfortunately become known for wines that are inexpensive, slightly spritzy, and not particularly memorable. These wines are atypical, more concentrated, expressing a high level of quality and a sense of place, and they are among the best in Portugal.
Pedro Araújo’s father purchased the Ameal property in 1990, discovering it while on a motorcycle trip with friends. He fell in love with the property, and it gave him and his son a new opportunity after having recently sold their Port house, the famed Ramos Pinto. By 1992 the first vines were planted, and in 1999 came the first release of a white wine made solely from Loureiro. Their approach to the variety was not typical for the region—lower yields and sustainable farming, along with the idea that Loureiro can be complex, reflective of the yellow granite of the Lima Valley, and even develop in bottle.
The 2020 was raised in stainless steel tanks, with seven months of aging on its fine lees, and bottled in May 2021. On the nose, the wine shows loureiro’s floral notes as well as its fresh, ripe citrus and stone fruit aromas on the nose. With an ABV of only 11.5%, it is relatively light bodied and has elevated acidity, with more texture than might be expected yet with a dry, refreshing tart-citrus finish. Try it with fish or chicken tacos accented with lime and cilantro, or all sorts of shellfish, from oysters to shrimp.
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