Alves de Sousa Abandonado 2005
In 1987 Domingos Alves de Sousa, the descendant of a family of Douro Valley winegrowers, abandoned his career as a civil engineer to dedicate all his efforts to managing the family’s “Quintas” (estates). When he took this step Domingos had already decided to stop supplying wine in bulk to the blending houses and embark on the most arduous, but more rewarding, strategy of bottling his own Douro wines. He reorganized and combined his plots of vines, studied viticulture and winemaking (attending courses both in Portugal and Bordeaux) and put together an experienced team. The construction of a modern cellar at Quinta da Gaivosa was the final step before beginning production of wine from the grapes grown on the family’s five “Quintas”. Since then, the wines of Domingos Alves de Sousa have received increasing recognition for their quality, gaining various awards and favourable reviews in wine magazines. The highlight of this successful trail being recognised twice as: “Producer of the Year”, by Revista de Vinhos (The Portuguese Wine Magazine) in 1999 and 2007 - the most important and prestigious award for a Portuguese wine producer. Domingos is the only person to have won this award twice.
Fantastic wine, a perfect balance between power and finesse, very sharp and bright black fruit, lots of balsamic notes, full of ripe tannins that already are giving way to a lovely velvety mouthfeel, pronounced aromatics and flavours with a bright acidity refreshing the palate in the long length aftertaste. All components are now entering a harmonious phase, but this wine will continue to improve for at least the next 10 years. This is World class!