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!    

2007 Quinta de Crasto Douro Red Table Wine

quinta_de_crastoInky purple in color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, black raspberry, fig, hay, leather, chalky earth, cigar, loaded with spice, some oak, some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, very dense with fruit and spice, with layered oak and coffee, and a moderate finish.    

1985 Dow’s Vintage Port

dows851 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 palate, sweet, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, seamless, beautifully balanced, lots of depth, monstrous finish. Everything you could ever want in a vintage port.    

2001 Quinta de Santa Julia Douro

santa_julia1A few good souls jumped on some of this teat of a table wine. This wine crosses many lines, and how frequently do you see 01 vintage at this price delivering at this level. I believe the answer is never, unless you decide to place an order from the email offers. Nice ruby color, with some fading edges, showing some age. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, plum, prune, fig, date, black licorice, leather, nice French Oak spice component, loaded with chalky and minerally earth tones. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, plum and fig fruit, with some bright cherry as well, ash , steel, tire, pepper, medium tannin, medium acidity, nice broad and balanced finish. This wine is just killing it right now, and I think more of my reader would enjoy this effort.    

2001 Quinta de Santa Julia Reserva Douro

santa_juliaCracked 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, medium acidity, moderate length. Pretty killer little table red.    

2005 Alves de Sousa Quinta da Estacao Tinto

estacaoI’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, and a beautiful floral element, with definite earth, and amazingly integrated oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, dark and red fruit, old tire, spice box, smoke, dirt, medium tannin, medium acidity, with a solid finish. There’s not much about this not to like and it’s hard not to flat out like it. Fruit, spice, earth, oak, depth, you name it.    

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 some oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, depth and mysteriousness, black cherry, blackberry, big structure, medium+ tannin, medium acidity, long spicy finish. I would like to try this next to Quilceda Creek Cabernet and see how it fairs.