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