Anselmo Mendes Vinho Verde Muros Antigos Loureiro 2016


SKU 04172


'One of the region's biggest names, Anselmo provides both well-priced value wines and high-end quality here. Take a look at that 2016 Loureiro Muros Antigos, for instance, for value. In this issue, we also have some upper-level 2015s, which tend to be later released (typically because they are mostly oaked wines). The new 2016s, a vintage that has a nicely crisp edge to it, if not (as far as it seems now) quite as much concentration overall. Anselmo told to me that 2016 "was quite surprising! Both winter and spring were very rainy, damaging the flowering and also creating conditions for mildew to appear, which led to some losses of production. The summer was very hot and dry, and at the peak of the maturation the vineyards simply blocked with the excess of heat. In August, I thought we would have a disastrous harvest, very unbalanced. However, the rains in early September allowed to restore the hydric balance, and the plants recovered. Those who waited for late September/early October to pick up the grapes managed to guarantee a good harvest with good quality. The result is aromatic wines with good acidity (without being too excessive), [full] bodied and persistent. I don't know if this harvest will be like 2015, very elegant with good minerality, but it will be like 2012 with great varietal aromatic expression and great concentration. Remember that with Anselmo, you're getting real table wines. These have no fizz. They are dry. They are just fresh whites.' WINE ADVOCATE 2017

Category White Wine
Country Portugal
Region Vinho Verde
Brand Anselmo Mendes
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Loureiro Muros Antigos Escolha is unoaked and comes in at 12% alcohol. This adds a layer or two of concentration to the Pássaros Loureiro reviewed this issue, but it also adds far more grip and tension on the finish. That's really the selling point here. It is invigorating, without losing its balance. Beautifully constructed, transparent, bright and crisp, this should be a perfect Loureiro to drink this summer, but it will hold well, too. Its acidity will serve it in good stead. It is a very fine value. Sourced from vines over ten years old, there were 80,000 bottles produced. Note: "Escolha" is only on the back label.

Mark Squires, April 28, 2017