Galactic Wines Vinho Branco "FML" Loureiro
The 2022 Galactic Wines Vinho Branco "FML" Loureiro is a stellar example of Portugal's winemaking prowess. From the verdant landscapes of Vinho Verde, Galactic Wines embraces innovation while respecting traditional methods. This particular wine, crafted solely from the aromatic Loureiro grape, is a captivating journey through the region's quintessential flavors, aptly named "FML" to invoke both surprise and delight.
Nose: The nose is immediately greeted with an intoxicating blend of floral aromatics — think orange blossom and jasmine — intertwined with refreshing hints of lime zest, green apple, and a whisper of bay leaf.
Palate: In the mouth, the wine dances with a vivacity characteristic of the Loureiro varietal. Sparkling notes of citrus, particularly lemon and lime, come to the forefront, seamlessly blending with flavors of ripe pear, nectarine, and a touch of fresh herbs. The wine's slight effervescence and crisp acidity keep the palate invigorated and longing for more.
Finish: The finish is clean, fresh, and enduring. The fruitiness subtly gives way to a delightful mineral undertone, reminiscent of the region's granitic soils, with a gentle echo of white flowers lingering in the aftertaste.
The 2022 Galactic Wines Vinho Branco "FML" Loureiro shines brightest when accompanied by the flavors of the sea. Delicate seafood dishes, such as grilled sardines, ceviche, or a fresh shrimp salad, would be a match made in heaven. For those looking to explore beyond seafood, a light salad with citrus vinaigrette, fresh herbs, and a sprinkle of feta cheese would complement the wine's zestiness. Furthermore, poultry dishes with lemony or herby marinades, as well as an array of soft cheeses, would also serve as delightful pairing options, ensuring this wine becomes the star of any culinary ensemble.