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"The 2015 Escolha Maria Papoila is a 70/30 blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho, with just under ten grams per liter of residual sugar, which makes it a bit off dry in theory, but it is frankly hard to find the sugar. The beautiful acidity certainly balances it well. There is no particular fizziness and it comes in at 10.5% alcohol. If this isn't the best I've yet seen in this brand, it is pretty close. The mid-palate is a bit above average, but the freshness and purity are exceptional. It finishes with a touch of lemon and a lot of crispness. This is an exceptional buy this year that makes me want to lean up for the moment. Drink it young and fresh, though. I'm not convinced that it will stay at peak all that long. Note: Of Lua Cheia's many importers for different brands and offerings, this wine is brought in by C&P."
“Maria Papoila” is named for a 1937 propaganda film about a young girl who arrives in the big city, only to end up being the one who shows all the sophisticates how life is really lived… the film was designed to quell a revolution via country values and a law abiding approach to modern life. Using our metaphor of the preconceived notions in wine, I would like to start a revolution via bottle of the Maria Papoila Vinho Verde…I love the ‘tongue in cheek’ turn of phrase here…Francisco and Joao have made a honest country wine, and a fine one at that. The goal is for it’s arrival in the wine scene to turn some heads as many will assume when they read a label that says Vinho Verde that the next sip will include a light spritzy, if not, forgettable wine. Quite the contrary…what follows is an aromatically driven wine born in the 125 year old vines of Loureiro found in Moncao…then the 85 year old vines of Alvarinho from Melgaco firm up in the palate, and a mineral moment that lies between Kimmeridgean Chablis and the Mosel Reisling takes shape. But this is all granite here, more clamping, and dry in
the finish. This is Cru Vinho Verde and a spectacular surprise. Hard to not fall in love. Acidity: 5.9 gr/L Residual Sugar: 1.3 gr/L pH: 3.19
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