Cor violeta, intensa e profunda, aromas muito distintos e complexos onde predominam o carácter frutado e floral. Apresenta um excelente e fino volume de boca, no qual se destacam as notas de madeira bem integradas e muito discretas que conjugadas com os taninos maduros, contribuem para a sua complexidade e enriquecimento aromático.
Link. Quinta do Couquinho Touriga Nacional
Cor rubi. Aroma de grande intensidade, complexo, notas
de fruto vermelho maduro e amoras, toque balsâmico da
barrica. Paladar equilibrado, muito elegante, boa acidez,
final longo e agradável persistência.
Em 2011 o 9º melhor Best Buy da Wine Enthusiast é o GRAND’ARTE Alvarinho 2010.
In 2011 the Wine Enthusiast placed GRAND’ARTE Alvarinho 2010 in the 9º on it's Best Buy list.
Notas de prova da Wine Enthusiast: /Tasting notes:
“Full and rounded wine, with touches of toast, pineapple, melon and peach. It’s a fine expression of Alvarinho, keeping the essential fresh structure of the grape while also giving extra weight and richness. - 91”
THE Douro Valley region of Portugal has so much going in its favor, it’s almost ridiculous.
It has looks. With its rows of terraced vines winding along steep, curvaceous hillsides that rise above the sinuous Douro River on the country’s northern tier, it is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.
It has brains. Some of the brightest, most creative minds in the trade make wine in the Douro (pronounced DOH-roo). This is not surprising, given that the region is home to the port business, which, through long years of doldrums, has sent some of those minds scurrying in search of new and different products — namely, table wine.
It has history. Even though Douro is largely a newcomer to the commercial table-wine business — which really got going in the 1990s, and is still sorting itself out — the network of vineyards supplying the port trade goes back centuries, providing the fundamental material for making distinctive wines that speak of the region and nowhere else.
It has grapes, and because of all that history, many are from old, established vines. Portugal, isolated on the Atlantic edge of the Iberian Peninsula, has largely been immune from the pressures of conformity that have led so many historic wine regions to tear out their little-known indigenous red grapes in favor of those popular worldwide.
Instead of cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir, it has port grapes, including touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta barroca and tinta roriz, which over in Rioja goes by the name tempranillo. Does that make the tinta roriz any less Portuguese? Well, Spain and Portugal share many things, including the Douro River, which across the border is called the Duero, so no, the tinta roriz is no less Portuguese, though perhaps it’s more familiar than the other grapes.
That leaves the wines. The wine panel recently tasted 20 bottles of Douro reds from recent vintages. We like to check in on this fascinating, rapidly evolving region every few years, and our last tasting was more than two years ago. For this one, we brought back the same panel. Florence Fabricant and I were joined by Laura Maniec, proprietor of Corkbuzz Wine Studio, a wine bar and events space, and Byron Bates, general manager and wine director at Isa in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We all took a great deal of pleasure in our favorite wines. Not surprisingly, the plummy fruit and spice flavors, the good acidity and the occasionally rugged tannins are more than a little reminiscent of port. These distinctive qualities make these wines a welcome step up from, say, malbecs and others in the plush-and-fruity genre of international wines.
At the same time, we had some qualms. We all found a sameness in the wines, a uniformity that seemed to speak more of cautious winemaking than of what Laura called typicity.
“They need more confidence,” she said. “It seems like they’re holding back a bit.”
Florence said the wines were too restrained. “I wanted something wilder and more funky,” she added.
Byron agreed, but also saw a positive, saying the wines seemed more focused and refined than in our last tasting.
I hesitate to play armchair psychologist. The process of discovery is going on right now in the Douro as many producers experiment with different methods and combinations of grapes. A cautious approach is understandable, particularly because many wineries are connected to the various port houses, where conservatism is part of the DNA.
Our 20 bottles were $7 to $87. Generally in lineups like this, the most expensive bottles are easy to single out. You can almost taste the investment: the new oak barrels lending their woody, vanilla sheen; the density, richness and power of the fruit flavors, which come from grapes that have been babied every step of the way. It can all be too much.
In fact, two of the three bottles over $60 did not make the cut. The 2007 Quinta do Vale Meão ($87) was much too oaky and powerfully fruity. It was so dense that I felt as if the producers had tried to cram a case’s worth of wine into a single bottle. The 2009 Quinta do Vallado ($63) was a rare Douro wine made entirely of one grape, the touriga nacional, rather than a blend of many. We liked it better than the more expensive bottle, but it, too, was overly fruity and, frankly, a bit simple.
We also tasted 13 wines that were $25 or less, but only five made our list. Here the issues were different: out-of-control tannins or wines that lacked verve. Yet a $9 bottle — the structured, intriguingly complex 2008 Palestra — was our No. 3 wine and best value.
A $20 bottle, the 2009 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo (don’t make me write that again!) was our No. 2 choice, a fresh, elegant wine that was juicy and earthy, while a $12 bottle, the 2009 Lavradores de Feitoria was a pleasing combination of exotic fruit flavors and tannic rasp. It was our No. 5 wine.
That left the fine middle ground. We tasted four bottles priced $30 to $46, and liked all of them. These included our No. 1 bottle, the 2008 Niepoort Redoma, a graceful, complex wine that was focused and precise, and the No. 4, the 2008 Domini Plus from José Maria da Fonseca, an earthy, plummy, spicy wine. This may be the most fertile area for the most satisfying Douro wines, where producers can take the steps to ensure top quality without yielding to excess.
The 20 bottles were primarily from the 2009 and 2008 vintages. The two years were different, with ’09 yielding riper, fruitier wines and ’08 those with clearer acidity. Either way, aside from the least expensive bottles, these wines will benefit from a few years of aging to integrate.
All told, the tasting reinforced our notion that the Douro bears close watching. With so much going for it, the potential is enormous.
Niepoort Douro Redoma Tinto 2008, $45, ***
Graceful, complex and well-balanced, with a spicy, herbal edge to the aromas and flavors of fruit and flowers.
Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo Douro QN Colheita tinto 2009, $20, ***
Elegant and fresh with lingering plummy, mineral flavors.
Palestra 2008 Douro, $9, ** ½
Pleasing and lightly structured with straightforward herbal and fruit flavors.
José Maria da Fonseca Domini Plus2008Douro, $36, ** ½
Earthy flavors of plums and spice with a touch of oak.
Lavradores de Feitoria Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto 2009 Douro, $12, ** ½
Exotic flavors of wild herbs, anise and fruit with dusty tannins.
Sogrape Douro Callabriga 2008, $16, **
Bright flavors of sweet black fruit and oak.
CARM Douro Reserva 2008, $30, **
Rich and perfumed with plenty of ripe fruit and oak.
Quinta do Crasto Quinta do Crasto Reserva Vinhas Velhas 2009 Douro Reserva, $46, **
Plummy, earthy and a touch oaky.
Dow's Douro Vale do Bomfim 2008, $12, **
Rough yet juicy with flavors of red fruit and flowers.
Wine & Soul Douro Pintas 2008, $81, **
Jammy, oaky and powerful; you can taste the money.
O norte-americano Robert Parker, o mais influente crítico de vinhos a nível mundial, avaliou mais de três centenas de vinhos Portugueses de todas as regiões do País. Destacaram-se nos 3 primeiros lugares da prova os seguintes vinhos:
1º Quinta do Mouro Rótulo Dourado 2007, com 96 pontos;
2º Quinta do Mouro Rótulo Dourado 2005, com 95 pontos;
3º Quinta do Mouro 2007, com 94 pontos.
De salientar ainda que na listagem publicada no seu site ( www.erobertparker.com ) a 23 de Dezembro de 2011, todos os vinhos provados da Quinta do Mouro tiveram classificações iguais ou superiores a 90 pontos, nomeadamente:
. Quinta do Mouro 2006 – 90 pontos;
. Quinta do Mouro 2008 – 90/92 pontos;
- Quinta do Mouro Rótulo Dourado 2006 – 90 pontos;
- Quinta do Mouro Rótulo Dourado 2008 – 91/93 pontos.
O Quinta do Mouro, Vinho Regional Alentejano, foi produzido a partir das castas: Aragonez (50%), Alicante Bouschet (30%), Touriga Nacional (10%) e Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). Teve um estágio de 14 meses em barricas de 300L de Carvalho Francês e Português, 50% novas. A produção aproximada de cada uma das colheitas acima pontuadas foi de 25.000 garrafas.
O Quinta do Mouro Rótulo Dourado, Vinho Regional Alentejano, foi produzido a partir das castas: Alicante Bouschet (50%), Aragonez (33%), Touriga Nacional (7%) e Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). Teve um estágio de 18 a 24 meses em barricas novas de Carvalho Francês de 300L. A produção aproximada de cada uma das colheitas acima pontuadas foi de 4.000 garrafas.
“É com grande orgulho que recebemos esta notícia, têm sido muitos anos de trabalho para garantir a produção de vinhos de excelência e elevada qualidade. Este reconhecimento é mais uma prova que em Portugal se faz excelentes vinhos e estabelece a Quinta do Mouro, de forma inequívoca, como referência no mundo dos grandes vinhos”, afirma Miguel Louro, o carismático produtor dos vinhos da Quinta do Mouro. “A Quinta do Mouro pretende manter os elevadíssimos padrões de qualidade, apostar numa constante inovação e investir cada vez mais em mercados internacionais – que já representam, atualmente, cerca de 50% do volume de negócios”, acrescenta.
Link: Quinta do Mouro at www.vinhoweb.pt
Link: Port wine at www.vinhoweb.pt
WINE SPECTATOR, JAMES SUCKLING
Great Vintage Port was made in 2007. I love the combination of power and finesse in theseyoung blackstrap fortified wines. What strikes me is how polished the tannins are. I was spellbound by the top Vintage Ports of my tasting.
98 Quinta do Vesuvio (Capela)
97 Vargellas Vinhas Velhas
96 Graham, Taylor
95 Warre , Niepoort
94 Quinta do Vesuvio, Fonseca
93 Quinta do Noval
92 Vale Meão, Croft, others
91 Sandeman, Offley, others
90 Ferreira, Churchill, many others
ROBERT PARKER, WINE ADVOCATE
There is little doubt that 2007 is a high class vintage… The 2007s have plenty of flesh andsucculence which will make them approachable early on… The best have impeccablebalance and elegance...
98 Vargellas Vinhas Velhas
94 Dow, Fonseca, Noval
93 Warre, Niepoort
92 Vesuvio (Capela), Cockburn
91 Vesuvio, Smith Woodhouse, Gould Campbell, Martinez,
Burmester, Delaforce, Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Tedo,
Duorum, Rozés, Vallegre
RICHARD MAYSON, DECANTER
Richard Mayson is one of the most highly regarded Port tasters in the business. He tasted the 2007 Vintages on 4 separate occasions before announcing his assessment: 2007 is a Symington vintage! The wines have a wonderful purity. The vibrant fruit that is soexpressive of the Douro shines through clearly on the nose and palate. The 2007s have a freshness and vivacity that I have not seen at this stage before. 'Elegance' and 'poise' are words that crop up frequently in my tasting notes, particularly among the best wines which
are supported by fine, tight-knit tannins.
19 Dow's, Quinta do Vesúvio Capela, Vargellas Vinha Velha
18,5 Warre’s, Quinta do Vesúvio, Niepoort
17,5 Smith Woodhouse, Noval
17 Gould Campbell, Taylor
JANCIS ROBINSON, FINANCIAL TIMES
Jancis Robinson selected 15 of the 2007 Vintage Ports as her ‘favourites’ at the Londontasting where forty-two 2007 Vintage Ports were on show. Symington wines are 7 out ofthe 15 – nearly half of the ‘top wines’ listed in one of the world’s most influentialnewspapers. This is really quite a remarkable achievement.
18+ Graham’s, Taylor’s
18 Dow’s, Warre’s, Noval, Fonseca, Niepoort
18- Smith Woodhouse, Vargellas Vinha Velha
17,5+ Quinta do Vesuvio, Pisca
17,5 Capela, Quarles Harris, Broadbent, Vale Meão
JANE MACQUITTY, THE TIMES
A respected wine critic for one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the world
ranks Symington wines on top.
My top wines, Dow’s delicious, dry, polished ’07 and Graham’s silky, rose-scented ’07, are
worth buying now to put away for a decade, perhaps two, before they are ready to drink.
On the next tier comes Noval’s silky red fruit; Vesuvio’s bold, peppery spice; Taylor’s hefty,
floral ’07, and Warre’s robust, blackberry-scented ’07. After that it’s the sweet redcurranty
fruit of Vale Dona Maria’s 07, Ferreira’s fragrant, floral spice, Pocas Quinta de Santa
Bárbara’s peppery grip and Churchill’s Quinta da Gricha’s intense mulberry fruit.
ROY HERSH, FORTHELOVEOFPORT.COM
Port wine expert Roy Hersh recently concluded one of the most comprehensive reviews of the 2007 Vintage Ports, during which he conducted blind tastings of 63 Vintage Ports. Along with the results, Roy also released his TOP 10 list which includes 3 wines from Symington Family Estates - Graham's, Dow's and Warre's.
These are the individual scores:
96+ Graham's “Another pearl in the long strand of fine Vintage Port’s by Graham’s."
97+ Dow's “A stellar Vintage Port from this fine shipper."
96+ Warre's “The best Warre Vintage Port I’ve ever had, at this early stage."
SYMINGTON 2007 VINTAGES ESTABLISH PREMIER LEAGUE (pg 4)
DEREK SMEDLEY, MW
Derek Smedley is a distinguished British wine expert and Master of Wine who began his wine trade career in 1961. He acts as a consultant to a host of UK City institutions and is Co-Chairman of The International Wine Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious blind tasting competitions.
96-99 Quinta do Vesuvio 2007 Capela Vintage
95-99 Graham's 2007 Vintage
95-98 Warre's 2007 Vintage
95-98 Quinta do Vesuvio 2007 Vintage
93-97 Fonseca 2007 Vintage
93-96 Dow's 2007 Vintage
93-96 Taylor 2007 Vintage
91-94 Quinta do Noval 2007 Vintage
90-93 Smith Woodhouse 2007 Vintage
90-92 Niepoort 2007 Vintage
89-92 Ramos Pinto 2007 Vintage
89-92 Sandeman 2007 Vintage
88-91 Gould Campbell 2007 Vintage
88-91 Croft 2007 Vintage
86-89 Ferreira 2007 Vintage
Link: Port wine at www.vinhoweb.pt
Cor granada. Aroma intenso e complexo, com notas de fruto preto. Paladar com estrutura mediana, equilibrado, suave e fresco.
Deep red color. Intense and complex aroma with notes of black fruit. On the palate, medium structure, balanced, smooth and fresh.
Link: Duas Pedras - vinhoweb.pt
Pios mostra uma excelente acidez, uma estrutura poderosa e uma fruta muito expressiva.
As uvas foram colhidas manualmente e pisadas a pé em lagares de granito vindo a terminar a fermentação em cubas de inox. Isto permitiu uma maceração prolongada, o que contribuiu para a boa concentração do vinho.
Link: Pios Tinto www.vinhoweb.pt