Anselmo Mendes Parcela Única 2016
“The 2016 Parcela Única is an Alvarinho aged for nine months in new French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. There was a time when Mendes principally had this and the Curtimenta as their high-end and oaked alternatives. This is always a bit woodier, which hasn't always been to its advantage, but over the years, it's done a better job of handling it. And this year is no exception. The new wood gives it a toasty nuance, and the toasty oak stands out far more here than in its key competitor, the Curtimenta. Right now, Curtimenta shows far better. That's the usual demeanour of both of them. This seems more like a white Burgundy than Vinho Verde, while the Curtimenta still leans to Vinho Verde, if a very concentrated and powerful one. The Parcela Única has hints of surprising purity and concentration of fruit, plus fine acidity lifting the fruit and slicing the wood. The fruit is rich enough to make this even seem a little unctuous at times. It is probably the deepest and most powerful of Mendes' wines this year, but it simply has not come together yet.”
Aging Potential : Drink during the indicated period of maturity 2020-2028
Designation of originVinho verde
Regulated designationDenominação Origem Controlada
Alvarinho 100 %
Degree of alcohol12.5 %
Type of bottle closureCork
Type of containerColoured glass container
Regular price: $55.00
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