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The wines of Anselmo Mendes, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Anselmo Mendes is one of the leading winemakers from the Vinho Verde region in the north of Portugal. He’s based in the Monção sub region, famous for its Alvarinhos, and where he was born.

Before starting his own production, he had a spell in the CVRVV, the local body responsible for Vinho Verde, and also worked for Borges, where he still consults. He made his first wine using his name in 1998, but while his own wines have achieved critical acclaim, he’s also a consultant with several well known producers throughout Portugal.

Muros Antigos Alvarinho 2007 Vinho Verde
Bright, fresh, slightly pithy wine with nice freshness. There’s a bit of depth here too, as well as a hint of herbiness. 89/100

Muros Antigos Loureiro 2007 Vinho Verde
Lively, bright, herby and citrussy with good acidity. Expressive and lively, this is an interesting wine. 89/100

Muros de Melgaço Alvarinho 2007 Vinho Verde
Fermented in French oak.
Textured and quite broad with nice intensity and freshness. A delicious wine with nice breadth. 89/100

Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho 2007 Vinho Verde
This wine has some skin maceration. Lively aromatic nose showing citrus, tangerine and pith notes. The palate is bold and intense with lovely herby, melony fruit. Broad and mouthfilling with real intensity. Lovely. 91/100

Wines tasted 11/08  
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see also: My blog entries on Portuguese wine; tasting notes of Portuguese wines

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