Domini Plus Douro DOC

External Review by Palm Bay International:

Historically, J.M. da Fonseca is a southern Portugal company with family roots in the Setúbal Peninsula and Alentejo. The Douro Valley, home of Port and exquisite red table wines, represents the latest venture for this acclaimed producer. With Domini and Domini Plus, the Soares Franco family, owners of J.M. da Fonseca, have set out on a mission to showcase the full potential of the Douro’s grapes, and the excellence this region’s dry red table wines are capable of attaining. DOMINI PLUS is a very limited edition wine and is produced strictly in exceptional vintages. Production Area Douro Valley, Portugal Grapes come from 10 acres in the Douro Superior region of northern Portugal. The well-drained soil is composed chiefly of schist, and vines average 20 years in age. Grape Varieties 65% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 15% Touriga Nacional Vinification Traditional fermentation is carried out with full skin contact at a controlled temperature of approximately 82°F. The resulting wine spends 12 months in new French oak casks before bottling and release. Bottled in October. Color Deep red Bouquet Intense aromas of violets, cassis, spice and blackberries. Taste Full-bodied and concentrated, with rich, black fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a long, persistent finish Alcohol 13.7% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled red meats, hearty casseroles and aged cheeses

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External Reviews for Domini Plus Douro DOC

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/21/2013

Historically, J.M. da Fonseca is a southern Portugal company with family roots in the Setúbal Peninsula and Alentejo. The Douro Valley, home of Port and exquisite red table wines, represents the latest venture for this acclaimed producer. With Domini and Domini Plus, the Soares Franco family, owners of J.M. da Fonseca, have set out on a mission to showcase the full potential of the Douro’s grapes, and the excellence this region’s dry red table wines are capable of attaining. DOMINI PLUS is a very limited edition wine and is produced strictly in exceptional vintages. Production Area Douro Valley, Portugal Grapes come from 10 acres in the Douro Superior region of northern Portugal. The well-drained soil is composed chiefly of schist, and vines average 20 years in age. Grape Varieties 65% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 15% Touriga Nacional Vinification Traditional fermentation is carried out with full skin contact at a controlled temperature of approximately 82°F. The resulting wine spends 12 months in new French oak casks before bottling and release. Bottled in October. Color Deep red Bouquet Intense aromas of violets, cassis, spice and blackberries. Taste Full-bodied and concentrated, with rich, black fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a long, persistent finish Alcohol 13.7% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled red meats, hearty casseroles and aged cheeses


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
10/22/2014

Domini Plus 2011 - 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ This is a dense wine, with mint aromas and dark, brooding tannins. Black plum and berry fruits are both rich and tight, with a strong mineral texture. It brings out the hard soil of the Douro and also the heat in the valley. It does need to age, so drink from 2018.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
12/06/2011

Domini Plus 2008 - 90 points, Wine Advocate/ The 2008 Domini Plus is a blend of Touriga Franca(65%), Tinta Roriz (20%) and Touriga Nacional (15%) aged in new French oak for 14 months. Arguably the best Domini Plus I've seen, this shows finesse and impeccable balance, ripe tannins, focus and some power. It adds a layer or two of depth over the regular Domini reviewed this issue, and unlike the regular bottling it should age well and develop more character and a little complexity. Rather modern styled, its impeccable balance makes it very attractive and likely easy to drink at all stages of its life.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Domini Plus 2005 - 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast/ It’s the French wood aging that gives this wine its Plus moniker. It brings out elegant perfumes, the black fruits rich and smooth, although there is always a core of Douro dry tannins. In its richness, it is possible to see a link with Port. On the finish, though, the acidity and dry tannins remind us of table wine.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/14/2014

Historically, J.M. da Fonseca is a southern Portugal company with family roots in the Setúbal Peninsula and Alentejo. The Douro Valley, home of Port and exquisite red table wines, represents the latest venture for this acclaimed producer. With Domini and Domini Plus, the Soares Franco family, owners of J.M. da Fonseca, have set out on a mission to showcase the full potential of the Douro’s grapes, and the excellence this region’s dry red table wines are capable of attaining. DOMINI PLUS is a very limited edition wine and is produced strictly in exceptional vintages. Production Area Douro Valley, Portugal Grapes come from 10 acres in the Douro Superior region of northern Portugal. The well-drained soil is composed chiefly of schist, and vines average 20 years in age. Grape Varieties 48% Touriga Nacional, 30% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), 22% Touriga Francesa. Vinification Traditional fermentation is carried out with full skin contact at a controlled temperature of approximately 82°F. The resulting wine spends 12 months in new French oak casks before bottling and release. Bottled in October. Color Deep red Bouquet Intense aromas of violets, cassis, spice and blackberries. Taste Full-bodied and concentrated, with rich, black fruit flavors, smooth tannins and a long, persistent finish Alcohol 13.7% Serving Suggestions Enjoy with grilled red meats, hearty casseroles and aged cheeses


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
02/14/2012

Domini Plus Douro - 2 1/2 Stars, The New York Times/ Earthy flavors of plums and spice with a touch of oak.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Domini Plus 2007 - 94 Points, Wine Enthusiast / A beautifully shaped and structured wine. Its polished wood shines through the black plums, figs and dark chocolate flavors. It's a wine with a velvet texture, hiding sweet tannins and pushing ripe fruit forward. For aging, 4-5 years, but already drinkable.


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