Nortico 2018 Alvarinho, Vinho Regional Minho

Nortico 2018 Alvarinho, Vinho Regional Minho

Item Number: 12863

UPC: 5-601531122121

Country: Portugal
Region: Vinho Verde
Sub Region: Monção and Melgaço
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Regional Minho
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Alvarinho
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Granite

Terroir Notes: Ask anyone for the best Alvarinho in Portugal, and people will point to the extreme north to the subregion of Monção and Melgaço, right on the border with Spain. Nortico is from tiny vineyard plots in Monção and Melgaço. Vines were planted between 1910 and 2005 in granite soil at the south bank of the Minho River.

Winemaking Notes: Fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is racked, primary filtered and cold stabilized. It spends four months in stainless steel before filtration and bottling in February. Unlike other Alvarinhos from the area, Nortico has no added CO², making for a richer, fuller, well-balanced wine.

Tasting Notes: Nortico Alvarinho is a superb example of the grape's hallmarks: fresh citrus, peach and tropical fruit aromas paired with clean, juicy fruit and vibrant minerality. This wine is young and fresh with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. Nortico is lovely on its own or have it simply with corn bread and butter like country folks do in Portugal. This is also a terrific seafood wine, particularly with salty, fattier dishes like fish tacos or broiled oysters.


  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 87 (1/31/2020)

    Fresh acidity cuts through the lemon zest and green apple flavors of this focused white. The energy holds up through the clean, spice-tinged finish.