Muros Antigos Loureiro 2019
Un blanco fresco y exuberante procedente de la subregión de Lima, en el Alto Minho portugués. Sus suelos graníticos profundos y pobres en materia orgánica nos acercan este vino cristalino y de marcada salinidad debido a la influencia del Océano Atlántico sobre el viñedo. La Loureiro, también plantada en Galicia, es la gran protagonista de este Muros Antigos.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2019 Loureiro Muros Antigos Escolha, in bottle about two months when tasted, comes in with 1.5 grams of residual sugar, 6.7 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. Continuing a trend, this seems just a bit fresher and crisper than last year's version. The grapes are all sourced from the Lima Valley, the area most famed for Loureiro. If, by the way, you're confused by the many labels, this 2019 is similar to but not the same as the Pássaros Loureiro, a label for the USA. Tiago Mendes said: "Regarding the difference between the Pássaros/Muros Antigos Loureiro, we have 70 hectares of vineyards of Loureiro in the Lima Valley distributed by five estates on the left and right banks. There are no differences in the vinification process between these two wines, the only difference is the origin of the grapes—Pássaros is sourced from the estates located on the right bank of the river, with lower altitude and outcrops of schist, while the Muros Antigos is sourced from the estates located on the left bank of the river, with higher altitude and granitic soils with sandy texture." They are in some ways very close, but this seems just a little fresher and more expressive. It is not as brooding, but perhaps it is a little less concentrated perceptibly, especially on opening. At least from their respective bottles, I had a preference for this somewhat more transparent wine. These are all relative issues, to be sure—this is by no means the most expressive Loureiro either, and it also has plenty of concentration. The price is about the same. Go with what you can find. They are both nice values, but this once again moves me to lean up a bit, while its sibling does not. This seems to have a little more upside potential as well. I hate to just keep repeating myself in scoring, but Anselmo is pretty consistent with this bottling. A day later, this was much nicer, more persistent and lingering. It fleshed out a bit as well. (Frankly, at that point, it was more like the Pássaros.) It will hold for a decade or so from the vintage date, maybe more. This might actually have some ability to develop as well. We'll see, but let's not get too carried away in the wine's youth.