Tasting Portuguese Gems

Highlights from ProWein - Touring the Duoro



Niepoort
 
 
Dusty, meaty and  spicy on the nose with black fruit layered over base notes of hot iron and gravel. On entry there’s a hit of sweet oak spice sweet oak spices followed by fruit that is a bit dry and raw, though bright and fresh on the backend which turns rather smooth and  juicy with a little licorice tone and candied blackberry flavors that linger on the modest finish. Could use a year in bottle to better integrate but shows good typicity already. 87pts
 
 
Beautiful blue floral notes greet the nose layered over blueberry fruit that is framed by a sour meatiness. In the mouth this is  powerful, smooth and a touch plump with lots of ripe tannins. There are hints of flowers and herbs on the palate, all wrapped up in big blueberry and black berry fruit that finishes with austere minerality and some drying tannins. Needs a year or three to come into it’s own but shows power and purity already.  88pts
 
 
40% of stems included, tread in lagare
 
A bit herbal and briary with fabulous aromas of wild flowers adding detail to the dark berry and slightly plummy fruit.  Very fresh and clear on the palate and already showing beautiful fruit with well managed tannins adding richness and depth yet this remains transparent and fairly light on its feet.even in the mouth one finds great perfumes and the tannins here, while a touch chewy, are so pliant and fresh that this is already fun to drink. The finish is long and just a bit tight today, but the fruit and perfumes do linger on the palate. Absolutely lovely. 91pts
 
 
Big, ripe, and plummy on the nose with nuanced candied black fruit, licorice, dried plum and medicinal aromas paired with cinnamon bark and resins notes, all making for a complex perfume. A touch  balsamic on entry, this is bright and  vibrant in the mouth with tons of edgy tannins supporting a bright core of plums, sour black cherry and earthy fruit. The powerful acids and tannins need to age a bit to fully integrate but this shows beautiful persistence to the fruit and complexity on the palate. 92pts
 
 
Lagare, 100% stems
 
Very smoky and  stemmy on the  elegant, complex and deep nose. that elegance translate to the palate where this is fresh and surprisingly Pinot like in weight and feel, with juicy acids and tannins that are firmer than Pinot but in scale with some tannic Burgundy.  Elegant, nuanced and long on the palate with little wild cherry fruit and lots of stemmy and stem spice accents leading to the backend where the  tannins turn a bit dominant leading to a moderately long finish that shows tea and sweet tobacco. Not for everyone but a distinctive and fascinating wine. 89pts
 
 
50% stems, four years in big wood, two and three thousand liters,
 
Big, spicy and complex on the nose with chocolate, old wood, dried fruit, fruit cake and balsamic aromas. In the mouth this is smooth, rich and polished with lots of small, soft tannins and flavors of wild cherries in alcohol framed with nice spice notes. Finishing a bit short and acid driven, this remains refined and
powerful, still fairly tannic,and marked by some smoky soil notes from start to finish. A bit of a shift in style with a blend of youthful structure and evolving aromatics, this would probably benefit from a bit of bottle age or a moderately long decant. 89pts

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  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    I'm so jealous. That's already a week to remember. Really something in there for every pocket book. As much as there's an old-world style to those Portugese table wines, they also appeal to the New World palate--like the Spaniards, a nice transition to wider selection of grape varieties than the Cali palate might have experienced. No shortage of fruit flavors in those Tourigas, and lots of warmth without being overdone.

    Apr 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM


  • Recently I have become very impressed with the Portuguese and South American wines in general, way to go guys.

    Apr 11, 2014 at 3:54 PM


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