Asnella 2019 Vinho Verde DOC
Item Number: 14682
Region: Vinho Verde
Sub Region: Basto
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Verde DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Asnella Vineyard
Grape(s): 60% Arinto / 40% Loureiro
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Soil Type: Schist and granite
Elevation: 1,148 feet
Terroir: The Asnella vineyard, for which the wine is named, is located in the southern part of the DOC in the subregion of Basto, where it straddles the geological border between schist soils in the south and granite soils in the north. The granite lends richness and weight, while the schist gives minerality, lift and precision. The climate is Atlantic, with a cool growing season and significant annual rainfall (1,200 mm on average). The vines were planted in 1992.
Aging: Asnella is aged for 6 months in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Asnella is a singular expression of terroir that is a major departure from what most people associate with Vinho Verde. It shows remarkable concentration, length and minerality. The nose shows lime zest, green apple, wet stone, and white pepper; it is almost reminiscent of a Federspiel level Gruner. The palate is clean, concentrated, and incisive, with dry citrus and unripe pear followed by flavors of tarragon, slate and white pepper. The flinty minerality and bright fruit on the Asnella make it an ideal pair for oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels and other seafood. The clean flavors of east Asian cuisine are a particularly good pairing.