Tasting Portuguese Gems

Highlights from ProWein - Touring the Duoro



Quinta do Vale Meao
 
 
A bit bright on the palate with bright, clear flavors of lemon curd and gummi bears. Almost juicy fruit flavored finishing dry and with a refreshing hint of astringency. Nice texture and weight if a bit on the fruity side of things. 87pts
 
 
cask sample
 
Sweet and spicy on the nose with a bit of gingerbread and a green herbal floral cast adding detail and complexity.  Bright, transparent, and very juicy on the palate with  a bit of a minty edge to the red and black fruits, almost a touch of currant going on here. Tannins are soft and this is a bit short today. 86pts 
 
 
Fine depth on the nose and nuance with lots of spicy black peppery accents to the plum, earth and worcestershire sauce aromas.  Bright, lively and full of spiced black fruit on entry, this shows great energy in the mouth, a bit inky and opaque with richness today,  but so zesty with firm, well measured if dry tannins, supporting clear and fresh blackberry fruit with a hint of boysenberry that pops on the backend and persists through the moderately long finish. 88pts
 
Touriga Nacional from alluvial gravel
 
Big wild berry fruit on the nose is layered over a base of dusty, spicy, inky aromas that are framed with a fine dried meat note. Opening with tons  of wild blackberry cherry fruit, and herbal spicy, this lacks a touch of brightness in the mouth and is  fairly tannic and astringent. The midpalate is a bit tough and angular,  with mineral driven raspberry flavors that would be rather  elegant if not for the rustic tannins. Finishing with a lingering note of astringency, this shows a minty edge to the blackberry fruit and incipient notes of tobacco and black tea.  Promising, but not there yet. 87pts
 
Touriga Nacional from granite soils
 
Dark herb stem, dried black olive, blue flowers, and a bit of nettle come together on the high toned, spicy and upright nose that picks up blue and black fruit and  dried meat nuance with air. Fresh, tough and bright on entry, this shows power with great energy in the mouth and impressive definition. Structurally this is superbly balanced with wild berry fruit that is fresh and taut, though it does drop off a touch on the finish. Filled with black raspberry fruit, sour plums and slight port like aromas on the nose with a great green, almost balsamic freshness, this really captures the beauty of Touriga Nacional. 92pts
 
 
Shows some nutty, oaky sweetness on the  dense, dark and powerful nose. On entry the nutty and lightly gingery oak is fairly assertive but this remains lively with  juicy acids and fine grained, polished tannins that are covered by a supple, almost silky robe of brilliant black raspberry fruit. This lacks some definition on the backend, and finishes a bit short with subtle hints of herb stems adding some complexity to the finale. Fairly spicy, this should show additional elegance with time in the bottle. 91pts
 
 
Nutty oak, all creamy cognac and cigar box is dominant on the  perfumy nose which also shows some subtle fruit aromas. A touch compact on entry, this then gains weight and power in the mouth, a bit tough but with excellent depth on the palate. Some nice inner mouth perfumes emerge slowly but this is still mostly tight and closed with inky, black fruit and quite tannic. Dark, dry,  and powerful on the finish with some stemmy spice and pipe tobacco notes that are persistante leading to mineral, stony note on the finale. This is quite young and should be laid down for five or more years. 93pts

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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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