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Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto 2019

Vinhos Verde, Northern Portugal, PortugalFrom one of Vinho Verde's groundbreaking and esteemed winemakers, this is alvarinho from the Monção and Melgaço subregion, widely seen as the highest quality cru for alvarinho. Contacto refers to the time this wine has spent on skins (vs his straight Muros Antigos Alvarinho). This is sourced from Monção's Quinta da Torre, and organic vines siding the river, rooted in stony, granitic soils. After 12 hours on skins and a native ferment, this spent 3-4 months on lees. Seamless and lengthy down the slender frame, with meadow herbs, pear skin, yellow pear, white grapefruit pith, and a precise freshening of dried and fresh green herbs. Just a buzz of texture along the sides deftly hems this in to a humming granitic finish. Beauty now in youth, but will continue to impress with a couple of years in the cellar.Tasted: 22 January 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 33.00 private wine shops Producer: Anselmo MendesDistributors: Altus Wines
Grape: AlvarinhoCSPC: 422311UPC: 5606486180028