Quinta de Paços
Visiting Portugal's Vinho Verde region, part 5

Website: www.quintapacos.com

Quinta de Paços is a Vinho Verde estate with history. It has been in the hands of the same family for 400 years and 15 generations, and is spread over two sites, one in Barcelos (Loureiro country) and one in Monção (Alvarinho country). There are some 23 hectares of vines altogether, 8 ha at Monção and 15 at Barcelos.

We visited the Casa de Paços, a grand old house near Barcelos, with owner José Bento de Silva Ramos (above).


Casa de Paços Vinho Verde 2007
A blend of Loureiro and Arinto, this is crisp, green, fresh and citrussy with some herby notes and a citrussy finish. 87/100

Morgado de Perdigão Alvarinho/Louriero 2007 Minho
Nice tropical notes on the nose, with a bit of peach as well as herby citrus notes. The palate is crisp, fresh and herby with a nutty edge. 87/100

Casa de Capitão Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2007
Bright and herby with a savoury lemon pith character. Nutty and subtly bitter. 86/100

Casa de Paços Arinito Reserva 2004 Minho
Yellow/gold colour. Striking nutty, herby, slightly oxidised nose with some orange peel. The palate is powerful, herby and toasty with high acidity. Weird. 80/100

Casa de Paços Rosé 2007 Minho
Touriga Nacional. Deep pink colour. Very sweet open strawberry fruit nose. The palate is sweetly fruity and yet fresh, with nice herby, sappy edge to the berry fruits. 86/100

Prazo de Cotovia Vinho Verde Tinto
Dark coloured. Wonderful nose is fresh, bloody and gravelly. The palate is grippy, dark and mineral with a meaty quality as well as subtle fizziness. Wild and delicious. 90/100


Wines tasted as 11/08  
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