Review: 2018 Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho-Loureiro

Review: 2018 Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho-Loureiro

Monção e Melgaço is one of the 9 subregions of Portugal’s Vinho Verde, one of the greatest value regions for white wines anywhere in the world. Considered to be “the birthplace of Alvarinho/Albarino, Monção e Melgaço is actually two medieval towns in this microterroir along the Minho River, which separates the area from the more coastal influences that impact the rest of Vinho Verde.

Here’s a look at a new release from one of the area’s top producers, Quinta de Santiago.

Fruity and lively with citrus — lime over lemon — Quinta de Santiago attacks the palate with a beautiful brightness that feels tailor-made for warm weather and fresh seafood. Gently grassy with ample mineral notes, its acidity is brisk and refreshing, with a light touch of saline on the back end. Hints of almonds add some surprising complexity on the finish.

This is a delight that punches dramatically above its fighting weight. Best value.

A / $12

2018 Quinta de Santiago Alvarinho-Loureiro




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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