"The 2017 Alvarinho is dry (3.5 grams of sugar and 6.5 grams of total acidity) and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Colloquially known as the "classico," the flagship unoaked Alvarinho, this is typically one of the finest values in Vinho Verde. It ages effortlessly. It's concentrated and structured. Plus, with 100,000 bottles produced, there's enough of it to make it a little easier to acquire than some specialty bottlings. Sourced from 25-year-old vines, this shows off that bit of "Soalheiro Green," as I like to call it, then adds a big finish and a concentrated mid-palate to accompany the herbs. Ripe, fruity and surprisingly accessible this year, this shows very well from the get-go. It's not quite as tightly wound and as intense as the 2015, the best recent vintage, but it is pretty fine in its own right, drinking beautifully three days after being opened. At that point, it shows big, (relatively, for Vinho Verde) rich fruit and enough intensity. On opening, I liked the elegant 2017 Granit just as much, but this pulled ahead after being open for a couple of days. They both linger beautifully on the fresh finish, but the finish might be a little better here, along with the concentration. The Granit wins for complexity and purity. It's hard to choose. Buy both. Of course, the style differences may be more important than any qualitative comparison."