Wine Anorak

by Jamie Goode

Date: April 2010
Wine: LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE | PORT | 2005
Rate: 92 points
Vibrant, spicy and intense with firm structure. This is dense and tight with fresh acidity and lovely focused dark fruits. Lovely tannic structure on the finish.

Date: April 2010
Wine: VINTAGE | PORT | 2008 (cask sample)
Rate: 93-95 points
Very focused and intense with fresh dark fruits. Jammy and rich, but still fresh. Bold with amazing concentration and purity: a serious effort.

Date: January 2014
Wine: MIRABILIS GRANDE RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2011
Rate: 94 points
Lovely freshness here: vivid aromatic raspberry and black cherry nose with some minerals and spice. The palate is fresh and vivid with tight berry and black cherry fruit, with good acidity. I really like the freshness, and rather than being a monster, this is quite elegant. There’s lots of structure and some well integrated oak, but the tannins are really fine grained. A serious effort with lovely focus.

Date: April 2010
Wine: GRANDE RESERVA CLÁSSICO RED | DOURO | 2007
Rate: 94 points
15% alcohol. This has old vines and more Touriga Nacional. Very refined and perfumed with spice, dark chocolate and lots of blackberry and dark cherry fruit, as well as a hint of meatiness. The palate is beautifully complex and spicy, showing expressive, rich fruit and well integrated oak. Powerful, ripe and rich, yet still in balance.

Date: April 2010
Wine: RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2007
Rate: 92 points
A selection with lots of Tinta Amarela and almost no Touriga Nacional. Highly aromatic nose with lovely complex spiciness and some warmth, dominated by sweet blackberry and cherry fruit. The palate is fresh and focused with nice acidity supporting the bright, fresh berry fruit. Firm but nicely judged tannins provide structure.

Date: April 2010
Wine: GRAINHA RESERVA WHITE | DOURO | 2008
Rate: 90 points
A blend of Viosinho, Gouveio and oak-fermented Rabigato. Nutty, bold and quite intense with some minerality. Taut with melony fruit and nuttiness, finishing fresh, with potential for further development.

Date: April 2010
Wine: GRAINHA RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2007
Rate: 91 points
Fresh and focused with sweet, pure dark cherry and berry fruits on the nose. The palate is fresh with nice bright cherry and plum fruit and a bit of spicy structure. Nicely integrated oak. It needs some time to open out fully.

Date: April 2010
Wine: GRAINHA RESERVA RED | DOURO | 2008 (cask sample)
Rate: 90-92 points
Lovely sweet focused dark cherry/berry fruit nose. Vibrant fruit on the palate with some spiciness. A delicious fruit-driven style.

Date: April 2010
Wine: POMARES RED | DOURO | 2008
Rate: 90 points
Lovely focused dark fruits nose of cherries, berries and plums. The palate is bright, fresh and precise with lovely presence and some nice grippy structure. Good acidity, with a hint of meatiness on the finish.
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