NV Broadbent Vinho Verde, Portugal (750ml)
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We taste a lot of Vinho Verde, including some of the compelling new variations, and we've come to realize that this traditional selection from Broadbent is hard to beat for the price. At only $9.50 a bottle it's a great deal and certain to brighten anyone's day. It has all the spritzy and zesty character one expects from Vinho Verde, with lip smacking acidity that will keep you coming back for more - so maybe best to keep a case on hand just so it's there when you need it?
Producer Notes ~ "To make a proper Vinho Verde is to suppress the malolactic fermentation and inject carbon dioxide at bottling to give the wine its characteristic spritz. The wine is produced at Quinta de Azevedo in the Barcelos communethe top quality area for Vinho Verde production. Pneumatic presses are used for gentle pressing to extract free run juice. A slow fermentation takes place under controlled temperatures of 61°F, to protect the character of the Loureiro grape. Broadbent uses a special yeast (QA21) which gives a special character to the wine. This yeast was developed in their vineyards, and is now used all over the world.
Bartholomew Broadbent’s love for Portuguese wines stems from their eminent drinkability, restrained alcohol levels and the balance which makes them versatile enough to pair with all kinds of everyday dining. He was looking to make wines which were friendly on the palate, yet with enough quality to please the discriminating connoisseur, at an affordable price. Since then, 20 years and counting, Broadbent has partnered with family owned wineries around the globe to produce wines rich with the essence of place and tradition. First launched in 2005, the Broadbent Vinho Verde quickly earned a reputation as one of the finest Vinho Verdes available."