Category Archives: Douro

2007 Pombol de Vesuvio Douro Quinto de Vesuvio

I knew nothing about this wine before tasting, other than the word of my wine rep, who said “it killed it, and delivered for three days!” Big shoes to fill, I agree. I do know there is a load of great table wine being made from the noble grapes of Portugal, chiefly, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinto Roriz(aka Tempranillo).By some miracle, these grapes when fermented to dryness, have an extreme tendency to deliver really beautiful and complex table reds for fractions of the money of a comparable table red from many other regions throughout the world. Dark purple to garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, loaded with blackberry, blueberry, black plum, granite earth character, licorice, leather, espresso, some oak, and layered mineral earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, big luscious black fruit, coffee, mineral, spice, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, layered, balanced, showing off a beauty and elegance that’s hard to compare to. I tried this wine only minutes after opening, if it’s as my rep says it is, and kills it for three days, this wine will deliver for another decade. Buy this Wine!    

1985 Dow’s Vintage Port

Had this at a port tasting at the Corson Building yesterday. It was a scorching 97 degrees, and probably hotter inside. Dark purple to ruby color. On the nose, youthful but showing development, medium+ intensity, plum, black cherry, fig, licorice, spice, perfume, chocolate, some chalky earth component, and a small amount of oak. On the…Continue Reading

2001 Quinta de Santa Julia Reserva Douro

Cracked this open last night at a BBQ, and it was delicious. Ruby with brown edges. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, plums figs, black currants, dried earth, leather, cedar, dried herbs, some oak, and dome earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, loaded with meaty flavors, baked dark fruit, nice chalky earth, medium- tannin,…Continue Reading

2005 Alves de Sousa Quinta da Estacao Tinto

I’m trying to iron out the wrinkles of trying to take quality bottle shots at night, before or during the consumption of the wine. But, the lighting sucks so bear with me.  Light ruby color with a slightly fading rim, and medium viscosity.  On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cherries, plums, chalk, dust, leather, perfume,…Continue Reading

2005 Quinta de Prelada Poyares Douro Portugal

The blend is Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela and Tinta Roriz. The wine is made from vines that are on average 30 years old. This wine crushed me and reminded me of upper tier Washington blends. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, red and black berries, cherries, plum, spice, meat, mineral, chalky soil, and…Continue Reading