Anselmo Mendes 'Muros Antigos' Alvarinho Vinho Verde 2016

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Wine Advocate 89 - The 2016 Alvarinho Muros Antigos is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is a terrific value, and there is enough of it to be easily obtainable. Showing fine concentration and plenty of zing and zest on the finish, this is emphasizing freshness and acidity in its youth. It also has the body to absorb the power; but make no mistake, the intensity here is special, and this is built to age.
Focused, transparent and simply gripping, I have to lean up on this in its youth. I suspect it won't disappoint, but it is mightily impressive now for sure. I am not sure it is better than the brilliant 2015, but it may be even more intense. The question now is how it evolves. It was wholly unevolved when tasted in mid-March, not yet as expressive as it should be, but by this summer it should be fine. Sourced from vines over ten years in age, there were 90,000 bottles produced.

White wine from the Alvarinho grape variety, grown exclusively in Monção and Melgaço. Citrus and slightly tropical notes. Full bodied with good structure, fresh and mineral. Long finish with the light bitter citrus taste of the Alvarinho variety.

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