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José de Sousa 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A blend of Touriga Nacional (59%) and Syrah (41%) Oaky on the nose and rather toasty with very earthy, clay like soil tones, hints of tobacco and a sweet almond top note. Rich and round on entry and a bit dense on the palate, this shows some sweetness behind the flavors of blackberries, dried thyme and chocolate. There are some dry tannins on the palate and they clip the finish a bit though a touch of heat does also show on the finish. nose. A bit new world styled, chunky and a bit anonymous. 87pts

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José Maria da Fonseca:
The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropriate growing techniques to maximise qualitative potential according to individual ecological conditions.

Editorial Reviews for José de Sousa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/19/2013

A blend of Touriga Nacional (59%) and Syrah (41%) Oaky on the nose and rather toasty with very earthy, clay like soil tones, hints of tobacco and a sweet almond top note. Rich and round on entry and a bit dense on the palate, this shows some sweetness behind the flavors of blackberries, dried thyme and chocolate. There are some dry tannins on the palate and they clip the finish a bit though a touch of heat does also show on the finish. nose. A bit new world styled, chunky and a bit anonymous. 87pts


Member Reviews for José de Sousa

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Snooth User: André Peres
168580271
5.00 5
05/31/2012

Five glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.40 5
Vintage: 2009 09/19/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: puhnner
1534071,678
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 02/21/2015

Picked this up at Jubilation; Quite a Beauty, Opens with perfume & strawberry, then allspice and plum preserves, and then strawberry preserves and milk chocolate fudge, A few swirls and Blueberry, iris, violets, and spice - minimal, but complementary oak. Big mouthful, medium tannins and acidity, but long finish. Seems at the perfect age. Very enjoyable


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
0.00 5
Vintage: 2003 08/08/2007

Deep maroon in color. THe nose shows pepper, saddle leather, and a background of fruit. Soft and lush in the mouth with firm tannins and medium acidity. Flavors of cherry, raspberry, pepper, chocolate, earth and leather. Dry quick finish. 3.5/5 [NR]


Snooth User: ryanopaz
278311,619
0.00 5
Vintage: 1999 08/08/2007

13.5% Dark as night with some cloudiness from lack of filtering. Nose of pepper, nuts, bacon, candy like cherry, and smoke. Really wound up tight. Smooth and soft in the mouth with firm tannins. Flavors of dried cherries, subtle spices and chocolate. I reopened this again after 3 days, a big too long and it had lost some of it's body, though the nose brought out blueberries and more spices. Really a beautiful wine worth looking for. 4/5 [NR]


Snooth User: Sweetstuff
139592254
4.50 5
Vintage: 1962 04/10/2009

TN: 1962 Moscatel Setúbal Superior, J.M. da Fonseca (Portugal); 18% pabv; $50/500 ml, private transaction; Broadbent Selections, San Francisco, CA.Barbara's birthday dinner one day late at W Restaurant, Sidney, OH. Chef David Weygant prepared a wonderful one-off dinner for the two of us. This was the dessert wine and was shared all around the restaurant and with the staff.Stored most likely in bulk in the region of production and bottled there about ten years ago.Decanted quite cleanly off moderate grayish sediment. Deep lively amber-brown, with a touch of duskiness, with a medium-heavy body.Glossy, shiny, grapy fruit on the nose with a powerful, complex caramel underlayment. Shows successively notes of linseed oil, pine (turpentine), a touch of ethyl acetate, and smoke. Great depth.Rich and sweet; full balancing acidity;full and sleek in the mouth with a smoky, earthy, slightly bitter hint (I attribute this to the soil as it's often present in these wines), and an enormous, sleek, nearly everlasting finish. Beautiful match with créme brulée and a chocolate whipped-cream brownie. Kept developing over two or more hours. Superb. 95/100.



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