Located in a valley with influence from the Neiva River, within the Demarcated Region of Vinho Verde (Entre-Douro-e-Minho), the vines at Quinta de Curvos are strongly influenced by the Atlantic, at the same time benefitting from granite soils as well as the generous exposure to the sun, all of which define the unique character of the wines produced there. The 27 hectares of vineyards are distributed among four properties located in Forjães, Ponte de Lima and Barcelos.
The 2016 Loureiro is dry, even with 5.5 grams per liter of residual sugar, and comes in at 12% alcohol. I really like what Curvos is doing with Loureiro these days. It makes this bottling a super bargain. This has a touch of green and a ton of energy this year, if not quite as much purity of fruit as the 2015, granting that they are not side-by-side. Crisp, tight and intense in its youth, is refreshing in its aromatics and the fruit is lifted beautifully. It's just what folks will want from a no-fizz-noticeable Vinho Verde in warm weather and the acidity may allow it to age well. Admittedly, the hint of green is not the ultimate expression of the grape, but I loved the verve on this.