Anselmo Mendes Contacto Alvarinho 2017

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Anselmo Mendes is one of the most important names in the Vinho Verde region - indeed in Portuguese wine. As well as his own labels, he is a consultant to many of the leading quintas of the Minho and beyond. He calls himself a 'student' of Alvarinho and represents the 3rd generation of Alvarinho producers. Obtaining his Masters of Oenology in Bordeaux, Anselmo brings knowledge and experience with skin contact and barrel use from his time in France. Anslemo is a massive proponent of letting the vineyard tell the story but his guiding hand lifts the fruit to a stunning level. In terms of range and price, these are the best value Vinho Verde wines in Portugal. PWS

The 2017 Alvarinho Contacto comes in at 13% alcohol. Gorgeously balanced, bright, intense and expressive, this has tension on the finish and a focused feel. Showing a hint of lemon on the finish early on, it revels in its fine acidity as it airs out. If it was tight early on, it was far better some six hours later (recorked and in the fridge, of course). With air and a little more warmth, it seemed better balanced and transparent, very precise, but still intense. The juicy finish dribbled the fine fruit over the palate. This is not always the best expression of Alvarinho, but the combination of concentration and structure typically makes it a great bargain. As with everything Anselmo makes, this will age well, perhaps better than anticipated. This looks like a fine year for it. A high-quality workhorse for Mendes, there were 120,000 bottles produced. MARK SQUIRES, The Wine Advocate

Lees aged for four months, this young crisp wine also has density and concentration. Pure Alvarinho gives the wine its distinctive mineral and cream character, along with hints of yellow fruits as well as apples. This is an impressive, still young wine, so drink from 2019. ROGER VOSS, Wine Spectator