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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 100603
The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #3 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008
Color: Brick Red
Aroma: Intense and lifted complex aromas of spices, cedar and vanilla combine with fresh dark wild berries and ripe blood plums.
Palate: Elegant attack, developing to a rich full and round palate of great balance. Displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters with integrated oak tannins with a great length of finish.
The 2007 RESERVA OLD VINES is a lovely Old Vines, comparable in quality to the 2003 and 2004, which makes it one of the best values in the Douro, even with the recent price hike. As is typical of many 2007s, it combines elegance and depth, showing good balance, yet richness and fine flavor. It is richer and fuller bodied than the Maria Teresa, closer to Vinha da Ponte, if you are comparing. Granting that stylistic preferences of individual consumers may differ, this is certainly the smartest buy in this lineup by a long margin, which it usually is every year. It is less than a third of the price of the Maria Teresa, for instance and many may actually prefer it. This will be approachable young, but it will show better in a couple of years and will age well. It drank nicely the next day. Drink now-2023.
This has a complex array of red and dark fruit flavors, led by blueberry, kirsch, dark plum and dark cherry. Very plush midpalate, with an elegant, caressing finish of spice, mocha and cream. Drink now through 2017. 750 cases imported.