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Ameal, based in the popular town of Ponte de Lima, specializes in the Loureiro grape. This is one of those Vinho Verde estates trying to make wine without the fizz and in a more serious style.

Owner Pedro Araujo declares that the wines can age, indeed, insisting that they can last for some 15 years. Note that Loureiro is a grape that tends to produce rather elegant wines. While these are in a more serious style, it is not a white Rhone, nor intended to be. Don't expect power and concentration here. That's not what they are.
Region: Ponte de Lima 
 Vinho Verde - 100% Louriero    Alberta CSPC     British Columbia CSPC   >  Tasting Notes

Part of the family owned and operated wine estate of Quinta dos Roques, Quinta das Maias was purchased in 1997, which was an obvious move since the wines from this estate have been produced and bottled at Roques under the separate Maias label since 1992. Located just 42 miles from Roques winery, Maias comprises 86 contiguous acres at an elevation of 1500 to 1800 feet in the foothills of the Serra da Estrela mountains, providing excellent daily temperature variation for ripening the 5-30 year old vines.

Varietals: 20% Touriga, with 80% Jaen, aka Mencia
Region: Dao
Tinto  DOC    Alberta CSPC     British Columbia CSPC  >  Tasting Notes

With a bouquet full of fresh fruit, highlighting the raspberry's jam, hints of spices and chocolate, as well as, light almond. Voluminous and intense in the mouth, with strong acidity and a remarkable richness of fruity flavours. Delicious and persistent end."Veedha" means "life" in Portuguese. Three of the five main grapes found in sweet Port are used for this wine: Tinta Roriz, which provides some nice red fruit and tannins; Touriga Franca, which adds sexy floral notes and a velvety texture; and finally, Touriga Nacional, which contributes to its rich color. This makes for a wine with finesse, elegance and loads of complexity. Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Touiga Franca, Tinta Roriz

This region through which the Rio Douro runs down to Porto produces very little red and white wine for domestic consumption as its grapes are reserved for the making of Port. The red table wines of this region have often been overshadowed by their famous Port relatives, but recently the Douro has become known for high quality red wines at a very modest price. Ranging in style from fresh and vibrant Burgundian style reds to full bodied old world style monsters, there is something for everyone in this category. The white wine of the Douro tends to be delightfully fresh and fruity with a very pleasing aroma.
Region:  Douro
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