91 points Wine Enthusiast
"A soft, rich style of Alvarinho, the wine is rounded and smoothly textured. At the same time, it never loses sight of the vivid freshness of Alvarinho from the Minho Valley. The wine is ready to drink but will be so much better from 2020."
91 points Decanter
"Anselmo Mendes is one of Portugal's great winemakers, who consults across the country but also makes his own wine from his home in Minho. This wine was created following experimentations with skin-contact for white wines. Here it contributes to a lovely mouthfeel, along with a chalky, mineral complexity. Fresh ripe peach and pear flavours are joined by floral lift and very firm acidity, and it should age well in the medium term. Drinking Window 2019 - 2022"
90 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Alvarinho Contacto, tasted about two months after bottling, comes in at 13% alcohol, 6.1 grams of total acidity and less than two grams of residual sugar. Concentrated, fairly intense and long on the finish, this expresses its grape well even at this young age. It opened fast enough so that I did wonder if this will age as well as some years, but it certainly has the structure to age. And a couple of hours later, it had not budged a bit. Overall, this seems like a fine Contacto. It kept blossoming in the glass. There were 120,000 bottles produced from vines between 16 and 20 years in age."
"Alluvial soils, one day's skin contact, hence the name.
Smells of ripe and yet stony citrus, with a combination on the palate of creaminess and light tannin grip. The texture from the skin contact adds complexity and, I expect, longevity. Impressive length. 17/20 points. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Made from Alvarinho produced exclusively in Monção and Melgaço, where vineyards are alongside the river, at low altitude, and the soils are deep, creating a divine complexity, minerality and layers of flavor. A Minimum 4-month aging on fine lees and an extended period of skin contact (why it's called contacto) gives additional flavor & richness including citrus, tropical fruit, mango, & a nice dry finish.