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The 2018 ALLO (the "AL" being 30% Alvarinho, the "LO" referencing 70% Loureiro—these percentages were accidentally reversed last year, since corrected; it has always been a Loureiro-dominant blend) is dry (about three grams of residual sugar versus 6.3 grams of total acidity) and comes in at 11.5% alcohol, a typical level for Loureiro. This has a whiff of what I like to call that "Soalheiro green," but only a whiff. Still, this is a wine focused on freshness, zing and zest. Soalheiro is, I suspect, going for the freshness. That does not take a genius to discern. More than a little mouthwatering, this has its fair share of acidity while still managing good concentration for the style. Plus, there's that big finish. This actually seems more intense than the regular Alvarinho. It is not as fruity or as round, but I like this blend better this year. We'll see what happens a couple of years down the road. - Mark Squires
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Soalheiro, a pioneer in the creation of Alvarinho wine in Melgaço, is an international benchmark for the wines of this grape variety, blending perfectly into the distinctive Minho landscape surrounding it. In the nineteen seventies (1974), a passion for winemaking led João António Cerdeira, with the support of his father, António Esteves Ferreira, to plant the first Alvarinho vine and to create the first brand of Alvarinho in Melgaço in 1982, and one of the first Alvarinho brands in the sub-region of Monção and Melgaço.
Located in Melgaço (Portugal's northernmost point) it is protected by a range of mountains that create the conditions necessary for the best ripening of Alvarinho grapes. Here, the Alvarinho is special. The land is protected by a set of mountains that create the rain, temperature and hours of sunshine conditions necessary for the best ripening of the grapes. We hope that you also enjoy its vibrant and elegant expression, something that makes us passionate..