Arca Nova 2011 Vinho Verde, $6.30-$8.75, 87 points, is near clear with gray to brass tones. The aroma is almost pungent apple/white grape, and that aroma carries over to the palate with a strikingly dry light and acidic body with hints of pear, lemon, and maybe some fizz. This white wine from Portugal is interestingly different with a distinctively crisp and almost astringent quality.
At the price of only $6.30, I felt taking a chance on a relatively unfamiliar wine (Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura varietals) couldn't hurt, and the results were amazingly good.
Drink alone, or as I did, pair with spicy Linguica franks and hot mustard and horseradish.
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