• Muros Antigos Loureiro 2016 90

    Muros Antigos Loureiro 2016

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    90pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Beautifully constructed, transparent, bright and crisp; this should be a perfect Loureiro to drink this summer... ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    We are smitten. It's a bargain and a half, and perfect for shrimp on the barbi, fish tacos, fried chicken and more. At this price, open a bottle to drink on its own, and offer up some refreshing white sangria with white grapes, white peaches and pears. The spot-on acidity of this Anselmo is ideal for fried oysters topped with chives and a tiny dot of lemon aioli.The herbal nuances of the wine will pair nicely with an entree of Vietnamese chicken meatballs in lettuce wraps. Don't be stingy with the basil and cilantro. If you've got some time on your hands, make a summer fish stew with lobster, halibut, sweet clams, potatoes and leeks. An easier route, but no less delicious is a jumbo prawn and garlic pasta dish with cherry tomatoes and scallions. Just heaven.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "The 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. Note: "Escolha" is only on the back label.

    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. The rest are 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. Those who waited for late September/early October to pick 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." Apr 2017

    Winery:  "Pale lemon green color. Exuberant nose where citric and tropical aromas arise. On the palate it’s a light wine, with a crisp and round acidity. Long length with citric, tropical and herbaceous flavors."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: 100% Loureiro
    Alcohol %:
    12.0
    Total Acidity g/L:
    7.2
    pH: 3.21
    Aging: minimum of 4 months on fine lees with regular battonage
    Region:                 
    Lima, Portugal