Sunday, 23 April 2017
Six Unimpressive Portugese Bottles
Maybe it was a root day. Maybe I wasn´t in the mood (but I am always in the mood for wine!). Or maybe this bottles weren´t that good. There were a consensus around the table that these bottles didn´t impress.
1995 Quinta de Crasto
The oldest wine and the best one. It has a warm, open nose with notes of grilled meat, earth, warm black berries and autumn leaves. A fine maturity.
The taste is dry and mature with notes of burnt toast, red currants and charcoal. A long, warm finish with some drying out tannins at the end. A fine warmth.
89p (tasted 2017/03)
2005 Quinta de Alqueve
A dark, sooty nose with notes of ripe red apples, sausages, dusty earth and violets. Open and good.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of red currants, dusty earth and dried meat. A medium long, dry finish. Good.
87p (tasted 2017/03)
2007 Quinta de Vallado
A smoke, peppery nose with notes of ink, graphite, meat stock and cooked raspberries. Deep and warm.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of peppered black cherries, earth and charcoal. Teeth gripping tannins. A alcohol touch at the end. Good but young and not balanced yet.
85p (tasted 2017/03)
A rich, smoky nose with notes of blueberries, eraser, grilled meath and dried flowers. Very rich fruit, almost verging on cooked.
The taste is dry, tight and seedy with notes of blueberries, salami, ink and undergrowth, A very long, very warm finish, the end is almost port-like.
86p (tasted 2017/03)
2005 Pintas, Wine & Soul
An open, spicy nose with notes of bay leaves, violets, smoke and cough pastilles. Deep, rich and very good.
The taste is tight and expressive with notes of ripe blueberries, chocolate, asphalt and some burnt toast. In an hour it falls together in the glass and becomes alcoholic and strange.
83p? (tasted 2017/03)
2004 Quinta Vale D. Maria
A black, tight nose with notes of toasted almonds, violets, spicy blueberries and smoke. Some cough medicin. Very good.
The taste is very tight and seedy with notes of scorched earth, ink, blueberries and rubber. A long, over-the-top finish with drying tannins. Some alcohol in the end. Not ny cup of tea.
84p (tasted 2017/03)