Very impressed with this blend of Alvarinho (aka Albariño) with Loureiro – two grapes from the cool Minho, grown here in the coastal vineyards of Cortes de Cima – this is still the Alentejo, but it is a much cooler climate. There aren’t many vineyards here, but Cortes de Cima planted quite a bit, and have had some success. This wine is one of the new projects of Anna Jorgensen who has recently taken over from her parents, and it’s one of the most impressive Portuguese whites I’ve tasted recently.
Cortes de Cima Lour-inho 2019 Alentejo, Portugal
12.5% alcohol. A blend of Alvarinho and Loureiro from coastal Alentejo (which is cooler), fermented in large format oak, where it stays 8 months, then finished off for 6 months in stainless steel. Lovely aromatics with pear, melon and apple as well as some crystalline citrus fruit. The palate is concentrated and quite mineral with pear and citrus, as well as some lemon curd. Lovely intensity here with a slight salinity. Very fine and expressive. 94/100
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