Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escholha Vinho Verde 2012 Front Label
Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escholha Vinho Verde 2012 Front Label

Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escholha Vinho Verde 2012

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750ML / 12% ABV
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750ML / 12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Beautifully pure, aromatic nose, with flashes of stone fruits and fresh apples, with a long, bracing finish

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Fruity and intense, this is a very fine Vinho Verde from the northern vineyards of the region. It is full, packed with pear, lemon meringue and grapefruit flavors, feeling rich as well as crisp. A wine like this can age, so drink until 2017.
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Anselmo Mendes, Portugal
Anselmo Mendes is the quintessential inside man – born the son of grape growers in Montcão, one of the two top regions (along with Melgaco) for Alvarinho, he has studied agronomy and oenology, worked in Bordeaux and now consults for many wineries throughout Portugal. Indeed, just to keep it in the family, he was a consultant for Aphros in the early days. These wines are his babies, however, and they are both excellent and relatively plentiful,
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A cheerful, translucid, lemon-yellow and slightly pétillant white wine, Vinho Verde literally means ‘green wine’ and is named after the northwest Portugese region from which it originates. The ‘green’ in the name refers to the youthful state in which the wines are customarily released and consumed, not the color of the wine.

It is typically a blend of various percentages of Alvarinho, Loureiro, Trajadura, and Pedernã (Arinto). Following initial alcoholic fermentation, a natural, secondary malolactic conversion in cask produces carbon dioxide, giving Vinho Verde its charmingly light sparkle.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

MIWMMMURVER12C_2012 Item# 150421

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