Anselmo Mendes, Curtimenta 750ml 2017Portugal, Vinho Verde
'Lightly wood-aged Alvarinho has an inspired balance between freshness and a rich, open spicy character. The carefully judged wood brings out the natural creaminess of the variety, while keeping plenty of freshness and citrus flavors.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100
'The 2017 Curtimenta is all Alvarinho, aged for nine months in used, light-toast French oak. It comes in at 12.8% alcohol. This has been seen before. Let's check in. Dense but not quite as powerful as it initially showed, it has a sensual texture that caresses the palate and coats it rather well. There isn't a lot of zing and zest, but it still shows freshness. It's not at all ponderous, for all of the feeling of size that it projects. As it sits in the glass, the fruit rises up above the oak. The extra year in the bottle has allowed this to come together nicely. It presents as very full-bodied for this region, a big selling point. I might wish for a little more zest and intensity, though. Overall, this is relatively gentle yet still vigorous, beautiful to drink now. It does seem positioned to age very well, though. I don't think it's the best in the brand, but it is typically excellent, and this year is no slouch. This, by the way, is not a typical Vinho Verde—this needs a food pairing, and it can hold up to bigger foods. You've been warned. Drink 2020 - 2033.' – Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 93/100
'Salty, herbal citrus aromas. On the palate, more sour-fresh grapefruit. Fine-grained, lightly chewy texture and very fresh to the end.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20
About Anselmo Mendes:
Anselmo Mendes is the King of Vinho Verde and the most influential producer of the area. Vinho Verde is a small region in the north of Portugal and is not only one of Portugal's most famous whites, but also one of the world's top seafood partners. Anselmo Mendes has been producing wine for over 20 years and consults throughout Portugal. He focuses on the Alvarinho, Loureiro and Avesso varieties and is known for his innovation in winemaking.
|Blend information||100% Alvarinho|
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