(2019) New to the market, this wine from the Cima Corga is the first release. A little lighter in colour, bright, again hugely floral aromatics, lots of lift and elegance. Real juiciness, real elegance, there is a grippy edge to the tannins to add a ruffling quality, great cherry skin and pert, dry red fruit acidity. Delightful.
(2019) This will not be released until some time in 2020, but is a fabulous wine. A field blend of around 20 varieties, from a single vineyard that is over 100 years old and harvested at just one ton per hectare, one bunch per vine. Fine black fruit, very pure and cassis-like, such lovely depth and racy dryness, spicy and very long. Superb wine, tentative 94 for now, but possibly worth more. The 2010 is for sale in some Portuguese stores at around 250 Euros per bottle.
(2019) Legado is a separate ultra-premium brand, but made at the Casa Ferreirinha winery. A blend of 35% Touriga Franca, plus Touriga Nacional, Donzelinho, Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and other varieties from the old vineyards of Quinta do Caêdo. It is aged two years in French oak, in cellars at Vila Nova di Gaia. Powerful nose, plenty of balsamic, slightly resinous oak, deep damson plum and liquorice, little blueberry and aromatic violet touches. Supple, silky tannins, a big sour cherry character with good acidity.
(2019) Just a touch musty at first, the aromatics a little suppressed, but with some agitation it begins to open and show the aromatics, those floral edges to meat-stock and figgy aromas, in the mouth lovely creaminess to the tannins, another lovely wine, though perhaps the 2008 showing a little better on the day.
(2019) Mostly made up of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, with 15% Tinta Roriz and 10% Tinto Cão, this was aged for 16 months in French oak (75% new). This is the wine that, during maturation, could become Barca Velha or Reserva Especial, and only 17 have been produced since the first release in 1960. Sumptuous, cedar and graphite edge robust, meaty fruit, a peppery lift too in a lovely, complex but open and generous style. Meat stock and densely chocolate and fleshy plum fruit, but tannins but full and ripe. It's a big wine, but worthy of its 93-point score from me.
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