2020 Anselmo Mendes Contacto AlvarinhoAlvarinho from Portugal
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The winery, in the Vale do Minho area, is a space of experimentation and investigation, from where Anselmo Mendes' passion for wine and the region gains form and taste. It is a...
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Anselmo Mendes plays with a short maceration with the grape skins in Contacto, using fruit from parcels close to the Minho River where the granitic soils are packed with small alluvial stones. The wine hits in 2020 with a powerful and long-lived alvarinho that smells great the moment it’s poured. And its dry, mouthwatering flavors only get more structured and detailed with air. Initially saturated with dried-fruit notes of peach and mango, that fruit extends into juiciness, creating tension with the austerity of the soil-driven structure. Delicious now, this will be better in a year and fascinating with five or six years in bottle.
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Born and based in the Minho Valley, the Alvarinho is the native grape for Anselmo Mendes. This wine, made with skin contact, brings out a rich, textured side to the grape. It is ripe, dense and full of rich citrus flavors. Drink from 2022.
91 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It is a wine with a very intense aroma, with hints of citrus and floral, distinctive and elegant where the qualities of the variety are well creased. A soft, dry wine, the fruity variety with a fresh finish and long with hints of citrus and minerals.
The winery, in the Vale do Minho area, is a space of experimentation and investigation, from where Anselmo Mendes' passion for wine and the region gains form and taste. It is a place of reinvention, to make each wine an expression of the earth raised to its most sublime form, a cultural trait, a trait of character.