2017 Encosta do Xisto – Vinho Verde Loureiro, Portugal

This is made from the Loureito grape.  Green/silvery/gold in color.  The nose is steely with a nice lemony quality.  Just a bit of tropical fruit.  On the palate, this is slightly oily.  Light bodied.  Good acidity.  Just the faintest bit of spritz on it, especially the finish.  This retails for under $10 and is a great value.  Perfect for sipping before dinner or with lighter foods.  Drink in the next year or two.  

2016 Aliança Vinho Verde, Portugal, Wine review

Vinho Verdes provide crisp, refreshing wines at minimal costs.  They aren't made to last so buy them young.  This one was being closed out at $8 and that is a great price but drink them this summer as they are already starting to fade a bit.  Light golden in color.  The nose is steely with some tropical fruit.  Actually, gooseberries is pretty accurate along with a bit of mango.  On the palate, there is a bit of a sweet/sour thing going on.  Some residual sugar with tart acidity.  As is typical, there is a slight spritz to it.  It lacks a bit of that bright freshness that was probably prese