Lavradores de Feitoria

2013 Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Branco $12

Mineral, bright and a bit earthy on the nose. In the mouth this has a little edge of sweetness to the peachy apple fruit. Appealingly tight and well structured for a wine of this size, this remains very fresh bright, and refreshing in the mouth with attractive tension in the mouth and through the modest finish. 87pts

2012 Lavradores de Feitoria Tres Bagos Branco $15

Bit of smoke of smoke greets the nose here along with light floral, apple blossom aromas and fresh orchard fruit notes all layered over some subtle oak tones. Again one finds a leading edge of sweetness to the fruit here, though perhaps more apparent given that it is compounded by the sweetness of the oak used here. Fresh and bright, with some mineral notes and the weight of the oak adding depth on the palate, this offers a nice blend of pure fruit and oa, for those who prefer a more internationally styled wine. 87pts

2013 Lavradores de Feitoria Tres Bagos Sauvignon Blanc $NA

Fine tense grassy nose. Rather tense in the mouth as well and very bright though with a hint of sweetness on entry, than distinctly grapefruity through the palate and the modest finish. Clean and easy enough to drink. 83pts

2011 Lavradores de Feitoria Quinta Meruge Branco $30

100% barrel ferment viosino,outguess, not toast,

Lots of oak is apparent on the nose but it's very incense, church candle wax toned. There’s some subtle fruit here as well but the oak obscures it for the most part at this point. Tense and bright in the mouth, this has power and elegance, with the oak adding a touch of sweetness to the core of lovely pineapple and lemon curd fruit here. A touch of tannin pops early on the finish then this turns quite fresh with just a hint of cool citrus fruit lingering on the palate and some hints of incense laced inner mouth perfumes. Distinctive. 89pts

2012 Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto $10

Younger vineyards, no oak,

Dusty, inky, and briary on the slightly root veg styled nose. Juicy, clear and fresh on the palate this is a bit easy in the mouth with lovely black cherry fruit framed with gently savory edges and a touch of dusty earth. The finish is clean, if a bit short. Straightforward and fresh. 84pts

2011 Lavradores de Feitoria Tres Bagos $12

Intensely aromatic showing a bit of toffee, big bold black fruit, spicy notes, bit of sage, sweet black fruit that shows some emerging complexity. Open, juicy, big and pure on the palate, this is packed with black cherry, black berry fruit in a fairly tannic and powerful style. This is a touch simple but very well put together with some dried fruit leathery, dried black cherry fruit lingering on the slightly inky finish. A lot of wine for the money and one that should improve with a year or two in bottle. 88pts

2010 Lavradores de Feitoria Quinta da Costa $30

South facing slopes, a wine that show the full power of the region

Big candied aromas emerge on the port like nose filled with jellied black fruits, leather, big spice, licorice and caramel notes. A bit soft on entry and broad in the mouth though not completely matte on the palate.  Braised herbs and dark fruit emerge on entry, followed by powerful, extracty concentration of deep fruit. This does not have a lot of nuance, but it is powerful and tannic, and surprisingly fresh right through the long, firm finish. A powerhouse style. 89pts

2010 Lavradores de Feitoria Meruge $30

Tinto roriz 90% north facing, shooting for more elegance, less extraction,

Smoky and complex on the nose which shows off grilled meats, peppery spice, fine subtle oak shadings, and black fruit on the complex and nuanced nose. Medium plus bodied and acid driven in the mouth, this is taut, and elegant on the palate, with, great transparent red fruit that is gently astringent and complemented by hint of herbs and pepper. Everything wraps up in the long, austere finish. Very firm and dry, but impressively detailed in the mouth with real finesse emerging on the finish. This too is bound to improve with two or three years in the cellar. 90pst

2009 Lavradores de Feitoria Tres Bagos Grande Escolha $50

Fields blinded from vines over 70 years old, then barrel selected

Smoky on the nose,this has that sweet dried  fruits and spice and dried herb topped with, licorice notes typical of the region. In the mouth this is powerful but supple with late arriving acids and tannins adding structure and lending nice tension to the complex flavors of nuanced blueberry and blackberry fruit tinged with peppery spice and wood accents. The finish is a touch short, though it does reveal fine purity to the sweet, vaguely berry toned red currant fruit. There’s a whisper of heat here as well that detracts slightly from the finale. Complex, sophisticated and harkening back to a different style of wine. 91pts