By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer
Boa tarde Portuguese and Spanish wine lovers,
After a bit of an hiatus, Portugal finallly returns to the spotlight on this email list, as we just received in our long awaited wines from one of the Iberian peninsula's most exciting wineries. Based in the Lima sub-zone of Vinho Verde, Aphros embodies some of the traits which make Portuguese wines (Spanish as well, of course) so exciting right now. Thoughtful, responsible (in this case biodynamic) crop cultivation, intellectual curiosity, a restless creative spirit, and an emphasis on crafting honestly made, brightly acidic, energetic, delicious wines for drinking!
Vasco Croft is a furniture designer and architect by training, who was a student of Steiner and biodynamics long before he began making wine. His keen fashion sense and Hollywood good looks (a composite of Owen Wilson and Richard Gere, perhaps?) may make him popular with the ladies, but it is his range of delicious vinho verdes which has quickly earned him some fans in the Bay Area.
We have chosen to focus on two wines you are not likely to see too much of, locally or elsewhere for that matter. One is an amazingly, lip smackingly good bottle of 10% ABV vinho verde from loureiro grapes. The other is a thought provoking rosé nearly the color of red wine, but with bracing acidity and refreshingly tangy red fruit - one of my two favorite rosés of the season in fact (right up there with Pradeaux Bandol, another direct press rosé, albeit in a very different style). This one is from the dark skinned, dark pulp vinhao grape. It's too bad we have had to wait until August for this rosé; fortunately though our warmest summer days are yet to come.
I'd be remiss if I were not to mention the winery's excellent top of the line red, as well, produced from hand harvested vinhao grapes grown in granitic soil, a really spicy, beautiful expression of the grape and granite soil (think Northern Rhone on this one).
2011 Aphros Vinhao Rosé Vinho Verde - $14.99
2011 Aphros "Ten" Loureiro Vinho Verde - $14.99
2009 Aphros "Silenus" Vinhao Vinho Verde - $39.99
Obrigado and Saude,
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748