The Calcada Reserva Vinho Verde begins with a very inviting nose of green apple, honeysuckle, lemon and lime and it only gets better from there. Tasting the wine reveals just a slight amount of fizz along with tons of tart apple, melon and grapefruit with a touch of honeyed sweetness. The wine is vibrant and rich in the mouth with great acidity and some nice salty minerality that leads into the long finish filled with rich, tangy fruit.
Pairings: Raw & cured fish, oysters, pan roasted sea bass, lite pasta dishes, mixed green salads, perfect for a sunny day on the patio.
The Vinho Verde DOC is divided into nine subregions, which may be indicated on the wine label together with the name of Vinho Verde, for example as Vinho Verde-Amarante. The subregions are: Amarante, Ave, Baião, Basto, Cávado, Lima, Monção e Melgaço, Paiva, and Sousa.
In the northwest corner of Portugal, Vinho Verde is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, mountain ranges to the east and south, and the Minho River to the north. The Douro River runs through the southern tip. These conditions keep the region cool and breezy. The weather and granite soils account for the bracing freshness of the wines.
The region includes nine subappellations that grow seven major white grape varieties along with three prominent reds likely to be found in U.S. bottlings, most of which are native to Portugal. While most Vinho Verde wines are blends, a growing number of producers are experimenting with varietal offerings.