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15th January 2012

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Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010, Portugal
The Howard in question is an English businessman Howard Bilton, who has partnered winemaker David Baverstock (of Portugal's Esporão winery) in this project. This is a Vinho Verde from the north of Portugal made from the Alvarinho grape - the same grape as Spain's Albariño, which is found just across the border in Rias Baixas. This is a thoroughly modern Vinho Verde which is weightier and higher in alcohol than the tradional wines (13% ABV) and which is simply exquisite: the nose is flooded with delicate floral and more direct lime and lemon fruit, with a fine hint of salty minerals too. On the palate it fills the mouth with flavour that is substantial and richly textured, yet that saline touch and the tangy core of zesty fruit is mouthwatering and deliciously drinkable. It is long, beautifully made and an excellent example of the New Vinho Verde. Lots more details and food-matching ideas in the video. Around £12. Stockists include Hanging Ditch, St Martin Vintners, Bowland Forest Vintners, Wine Service, Field & Fawcett, Halifax Wine Co, Sommelier Wines, Great Grog Co. See all stockists on

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