Quinta de la Rosa
 
 
A touch smoky and sweet with dry port herbal and spicy notes, peppery and leathery on the nose. On entry this is smooth with great acids lending a tart cast to the clear, firm, earthy and dry fruit. Perhaps a touch simple with plummy and wild berry notes on the palate, this displays good length, is elegant in the mouth, and even shows a bit of finesse on the finish. A very solid offering and a good value. 88pts
 
 
60% old vine vineyard field lend, 40% Touriga nacional
 
Smokey and fairly oaky on the  nose with a nutty and expensive aroma. A big wine on entry, round and rolls into the mouth like the changing tide. There are great acids supporting a bright juicy bramble berry punch on entry followed by lots of tannin, dry and a little stern on the palate, though this is so well endowed with fruit that they can be hard to discern. Everything wraps up in a long powerful finish filled with nuanced bay leaf and vanilla notes accenting handfuls of crushed berries and hints of mint and balsam, and a mineral finale.  I like this very much. 92pts
 
 
Hottest dried part of the Douro
 
Powerful balsamic, animal and gamy aromas are well balanced by nutty, chocolate oak notes on the nose. This shows power and elegance in a vibrant style even if the fruit does have a decidedly roasted edge. Textural this is quite fine, bright, juicy and transparent, it is a big ass wine streaked with medicinal, balsamic and briary accents, finishing with power and vibrancy, dusty, with a hint of pomegranate in all the depth of dark berry, plummy fruit. A statement wine, and possibly better to taste than to have at the table, but quite impressive none the less. 93pts
 
Poeira
 
 
Purchased fruit
 
Fresh and complex, and yes a bit dusty n the nose along with spicy with slightly medicinal black cherry fruit and plum tinged with a hint of licorice. Fresh and juicy in the mouth this is a bright wine all blackberries and tension in the mouth, and fairly tannic. A powerful little wine which should age well for a few years, already delivering plenty of cherry and blackberry fruit in a clean and fresh style.  Bring on the burgers and steak. 87pts
 
 
Plummy and beefy on the nose with hints of licorice and  spicy a bit syrah like even,  but with that caramel, sweet dried fruits and spice note typical of the Duoro. Soft but elegant in the mouth, this has  late arriving acidity and fine tannins supporting very pretty fruit. This already shows an almost silky texture early on the palate, then the structure kicks in on the backend as black berry flavors pop before leading to a moderately long finish. This shows fine power and purity.  88pts
 
 
Tight on the nose with subtle hints of licorice and mint, though this is not very expressive, air does bring out shisty, dusty soil notes. This turns out to be a  sneaky wine with  huge power and yet it remains elegant with exceptional balance. There’s remarkable freshness here, crushed berry fruits framed with hints of juniper that turns darker and plummier in the mouth with a backend filled with slightly medicinal black cherry fruit.  This is seamless, a steel fist in a silk glove, with huge tannins completely covered by the rich, yet supple fruit. The finish is long and very fine. Really a fabulous wine in the making that combines power and elegance 93pts