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Anselmo Mendes "Muros Antigos" Loureiro Escolha Vinho Verde D.O.C. 2009 (Portugal)
Anselmo Mendes "Muros Antigos" Loureiro Escolha Vinho Verde D.O.C. 2009 (Portugal)

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Winery: Anselmo Mendes
Varietal: 100% Loureiro
Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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About This Wine:

"It is an international wine and elegant where the qualities of Loureiro are clearly present. Wide aromatic intensity, fruity and floral, combined with a soft acidity " - Anselmo Mendes, Winemaker

Colour: Bright lemon yellow core
Aroma: Pronounced youthful aromas of pine, lime, bay leaf and mineral. Very complex   
Soil: Granite   
Weather: Very damp and wet   
Taste: Dry, balanced acidity and medium body. Very ripe and round notes of cilantro, lime, ginger, white cranberry, shale and bayleaf   
Final Notes: This wine finishes with a long pleasant splash of minerality   
Tasting Note: A very good quality wine displaying plenty of character and structure. Very evolving with many layers and textures. Very rich and round yet not cloying. It is a powerful yet delicate wine   
Gastronomy: Pairs well with fish or sea food

Ratings & Reviews

Commended Medal - International Wine Challenge London 2010

Commended Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2008  (2007 vintage)

"Top 100 Best Buys of 2006" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2006 vintage)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2006 vintage):

"The 2006 LOUREIRO “ESCOLHA” (ANDREZA) is 100% Loureiro, one of the common grapes in the Vinho Verde region. The “Escolha,” in essence is a special selection. While much of the current excitement in Vinho Verde comes from the 100% Alvarinhos, this bottling, among others, proves that Alvarinho isn't the only single varietal worth seeking out. As is typical of this varietal, it is crisp, aromatic and refreshing, but it also shows a certain toastiness on opening, perhaps because it spent four months on the lees. As it warms up, the toast fades and its grassy component becomes rather more obvious, as well as its ripe and succulent fruit. It shows that it has personality and finesse, as well as lots of flavor. It manages to be at once crisp and fruity, a feat not always easily managed. The fruit is hardly shy or subdued. Although elegant and bright, it never seems thin or simple, and it registers 12% in alcohol. It is a lovely wine, with a lingering, flavorful finish and a surprisingly rich texture despite the crispness. I am betting that this will hold well a couple of years, but I suspect it will always be more interesting when it is freshest. Drink now-2010.

Most Vinhos Verdes have a reputation for being light, simple, easy quaffers, to be drunk within a year, crisp and refreshing, but little more. There is a trend, though, to making more serious wines in this region, including 100% Alvarinhos, as demonstrated by the selections reviewed in this issue. Just for your reference, and to avoid as much confusion as possible, the front of the label indicates only the proprietary brand name “Andreza.” This Vinho Verde winery is, however, commonly known to the public and its importer by its owner’s name, “Anselmo Mendes,” which producer name appears only in tiny print on the back. Both of the following wines are unoaked." - Mark Squires (Aug 2008)

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