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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Spectator
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 121688
This blend is very dark red, with crimson highlights with balsamic oak aromas, as well as fig and black plum and hints of tobacco. The palate shows great structure and a full-bodied firmness, with mature, silky tannins. Mineral notes mix with the aforementioned fruit, leading to a very elegant, complex and persistent finish.
An impressive wine from old vines. The 2009 has an extra depth of richness and full character. The black fruits go deep into the wine, hugely rich while still keeping a dark structure. Powerful and needing aging.
The 2009 Reserva is an old vines field blend (with 69% of the grapes sourced from vines 80+ years old, and 31% Touriga Nacional from 10-15 year old vines). Seeming full in the mouth, with a velvety texture, this is sexier and richer than the regular Tinto, but its balance is nice and its structure beautiful. Tannins do emerge with air, as this wine fleshes out and wakes up. It evolves rather dramatically from the early impressions. It should be approachable early, but you would be well served waiting at least a year -- or three.
You've ordered short ribs and now you need a wine to drink with them. If you get this wine decanted, it will come out of the glass in layers of black, purple and dried fruit flavors with extreme, if not austere, tannins. The beef will braise right back into the fruit so you might be able to taste the 20-some-odd varieties that go into it, all from vines with more than 80 years of age, and the younger-vine touriga nacional, that purple-fruited freshness that makes up a third of the blend.
This lush, vibrant red drips with unctuous dark fruit flavors that feature plenty of cocoa powder and spice accents. Well-balanced and fresh, with a long, rich and creamy finish.