2016 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto, Vinho Verde (750ml)

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Country: Portugal
Region: Vinho Verde
Grape Varietal: Albarino
Review Score: 94W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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Anselmo Mendes focuses this wine on vines close to the Río Minho, where the soils are pebbly and deep. He destems the grapes and allows them to macerate for a short time with their skins, then clarifies the juice before fermentation. That skin contact builds texture and grip in the wine, and brings in the flavor of fruit skin—peach fuzz and Granny Smith apple peel. Overall, this feels like a classical alvarinho in 2016, long on scents of smoky almonds and lemon pith, spicy, cool and refreshing. It will age with grace.

94 points, Wine & Spirits (Aug 2017)